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N.Y. Exits Matrix Crime Database Program

New York has dropped out of a multistate crime database program that civil liberties groups have criticized as an invasion of privacy, state officials said Thursday. Questions over federal funding for the Matrix database and its potential benefits led state officials to withdraw, said Lynn Rasic, a spokeswoman for the New York State Office of Public Security. State officials also have previously cited privacy concerns. Matrix lets states share criminal, prison and vehicle information with one another and cross-reference the data with up to 20 billion records in databases held by Seisint Inc., a private company based in Boca Raton, Fla. Full Story

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