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Army: JetBlue Data Use Was Legal

An Army data-mining project that searched through JetBlue’s passenger records and sensitive personal information from a data broker to pinpoint possible terrorists did not violate federal privacy law, according to an investigation by the Army’s inspector general. The inspector general’s findings (PDF) were accepted by some, but critics say the report simply highlights the inability of the country’s privacy laws to cope with 21st-century anti-terrorism efforts. News of the Army project came to light in September 2003 when JetBlue admitted it had violated its privacy policy by turning over 5.1 million passenger records to Torch Concepts, an Alabama-based defense contractor. Full Story

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