For many state cops, running a query on a suspicious character from their patrol car laptop or tablet is not an option. That's because of the stringency of FBI regulations for cloud companies that want to provide remote access to criminal records. The contractors themselves have to undergo criminal history checks and submit to special data-sharing arrangements.
Officials with FBI Criminal Justice Information Services, or CJIS, which maintains the criminal records databases, say routine audits have turned up compliance problems.
Negative findings concerned "authorized personnel not having the proper background check or information exchange agreement in place," FBI spokesman Stephen G. Fischer Jr. said.
The ultimate penalty for violating bureau security rules is being cut off from accessing criminal records systems by computer. Read more.