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Anti-terror agencies win anti-privacy awards

Anti-terrorism surveillance proposals from the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security departments earned the scorn of the activist group Privacy International here on Thursday as the group issued its annual “Big Brother” awards. The awards are presented at the annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference to the “government agencies, companies and initiatives that have done most to invade personal privacy,” according to the London-based group. The recipients receive George Orwell statues of a large golden boot crushing a human head, inspired by the British author’s classic 1984. The Defense Department’s Total Information Awareness (TIA) project was labeled the “most invasive proposal.” TIA is an attempt to anticipate future terrorist attacks by using computer data-mining tools to sift through commercial records of millions of Americans. Full Story

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