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Utah Ends Involvement in Federal Database

Utah officially ended its involvement Friday in a federally funded crime and terrorism database project, joining a growing list of states that are withdrawing from the program. As many as 13 states had planned to participate in the pilot project, but Utah’s decision and similar reluctance by other states leaves just five that have pledged to join Matrix — short for Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange. “I understand law enforcement officials need to share information regarding criminal activity, but there are privacy and funding concerns I had to consider,” Gov. Olene Walker said Friday. The Justice Department program combines state records with 20 billion pieces of data held by Seisint, a private company in Boca Raton, Fla. The information available within seconds — everything from names of business associates to bankruptcy filings — has drawn concern from privacy activists across the country. Full Story

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