Random Musings
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Yahoo! News - ACLU: Terror Database Threatens Privacy: "NEW YORK - A seven-state crime database launched with $12 million in federal funds is a more powerful threat to privacy than its organizers acknowledge, the American Civil Liberties Union (news - web sites) alleged Wednesday after obtaining documents relating to the program.

The law enforcement officials and private database company behind the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, or Matrix, contend it is merely an investigative tool that helps police quickly gather already-available information on suspects. "

I'm afraid I don't understand the fuss here - it doesn't appear as though any of the information in this system would not already be available to law enforcement. This tool just allows them to gather and utilize it more efficiently. It seems like the ACLU is complaining that this gives law enforcement too much of an advantage over the criminals. What next...are they going to complain about databases of fingerprints, insisting that police should go back to index card systems?

It's not like this is cameras in the bedroom. The police already have this data - unless there's more to this story than I've got.


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