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Acxiom pitched feds on large-scale Web-surveillance project

In November 2001, Acxiom Corp. proposed to the U.S. Department of Justice in that it conduct an Internetwide surveillance of Web sites touching on topics such as abortion, racial superiority, politics, religion, immigration, and foreign affairs, using technology designed to extract business-contact information from dot-com sites. Information about the proposed surveillance was included in documents released Thursday by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The documents stated that information thus obtained could be used for both terrorism-related data analysis and an “Identity Verification System to be used by airlines, rental car agencies, and other business and government agencies.” Full Story

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