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TIA report addresses privacy concerns

In a report released to Congress today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency pledged to assess privacy concerns and provide rigorous oversight to a controversial system intended to track terrorist activity. The agency also changed the system’s name. The Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) project, formerly Total Information Awareness, was renamed after privacy groups raised concerns the system would gather sensitive information and track American citizens. “This name created in some minds the impression that TIA was a system to be used for developing dossiers on U.S. citizens,” the report stated. “That is not [the Defense Department’s] intent in pursuing this program.” TIA is a research project that would integrate search tools, such as data search, translation and pattern recognition, into a network aimed at analyzing possible terrorist activity. The information would then allow policy-makers to make decisions in preventing terrorist attacks, the report stated. Full Story

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