Texas Observer Uncovers Governor's Massive Citizen Database

april 17, 2007  10:43 am
The Texas Data Exchange (TDEx) was created by Gov. Rick Perry's Homeland Security office as a way to coordinate data from all of the state's law enforcement agencies, News 8 Austin reports. The database, brought to light by an Observer investigation, may already include information on at least a million Texans. "What is most striking, and disturbing, about the database is that it is not being run by the state's highest law enforcement agency," the Observer's Jake Bernstein writes. "Instead, control of TDEx, and the power to decide who can use it, resides in the governor's office." According to News 8, the governor's office originally claimed that the database was under supervision by state law enforcement.