Limits lifted on data in FBI criminal database

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department lifted a requirement Monday that the FBI ensure the accuracy and timeliness of information about criminals and crime victims before adding it to the country's most comprehensive law enforcement database.

The system, run by the FBI's National Crime Information Center, includes data about terrorists, fugitives, warrants, people missing, gang members and stolen vehicles, guns or boats.

The records are inaccessible to the public, and police have been prosecuted for misusing the system.

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