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Data Mining Proponents Defend Technology

The government now calls it “factual data analysis,” but data mining by any other name smells as potentially rotten to civil liberties advocates. Three federal agencies—the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Transportation Security Administration, and the FBI—are developing new data analysis systems. The systems are slated to move beyond the tactics of traditional data mining, typically used for marketing purposes, to more targeted approaches. Nonetheless, they are built on the cornerstone of detecting patterns and relationships in huge volumes of data. Critics of data mining suggest that while the technology is guaranteed to invade personal privacy, it is not so certain to enhance national security. Terrorists do not operate under discernable patterns, they contend, and therefore the technology will likely be targeted primarily at innocent people. Full Story

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