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Subject:

[CSL]: LAST MESSAGE BEFORE CSL SUMMER BREAK/Pentagon data-mining raises eyebrows

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J Armitage <[log in to unmask]>

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Interdisciplinary academic study of Cyber Society <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 27 Jun 2003 14:24:35 +0100

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[Hi all, that's it, this is the last message before CSL's summer break. We
will be back in the autumn, early September no doubt. Best wishes to all,
John & Joanne.]
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This story was printed from ZDNet UK,
located at http://news.zdnet.co.uk/
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Location: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2136574,00.html
Pentagon data-mining raises eyebrows
Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
A key US senator expressed renewed concern about the Pentagon's data-mining
project <http://www.darpa.mil/iao/TIASystems.htm> and asked the Defense
Department to give more detail about how the system will collect information
on Americans.
Senator Ron Wyden, the Oregon Democrat who wrote legislation requiring a
report on the Total Information Awareness project, asked on Tuesday for the
Pentagon to respond to 11 pointed questions about the project's scope, its
implications for privacy and civil liberties, and which private-sector and
government databases would be linked into the system.
"I remain very deeply concerned that TIA technology will be used to plow
through large amounts of private information on individual Americans in the
United States in search of hypothetical threat situations," Wyden said in a
three-page letter to the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (Darpa).
The Pentagon claims that TIA, which it has renamed to Terrorist Information
Awareness in response to public criticism, is a promising collection of
technologies that can track patterns in databases and provide advance
warning of terrorist incidents. TIA will mine other databases but will not
create a master computerised dossier on every American, Darpa says.
Earlier this year, in a triumph of privacy concerns over worries about
terrorist threats, Congress required Darpa to prepare a report on what laws
would cover a final implementation of TIA. In a 102-page report dated 20
May, Darpa said TIA would track transactions that "would form a pattern that
may be discernable in certain databases to which the US government would
have lawful access."
Darpa did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
In his letter on Tuesday, Wyden asked for additional details about which
databases would be tied to TIA. "Does it include credit card activity, ATM
activity, wire transfers, loan applications, and/or credit reports?" Wyden
asked.
He also asked how Darpa plans to find 1 million photographs for its planned
Next Generation Face Recognition programme, and how much authority a newly
formed privacy advisory committee would have.
The TIA project became public in early 2002 when President Bush chose
Admiral John Poindexter, who had been embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal,
to run Darpa's Information Awareness Office. Groups such as the US
Association for Computing Machinery, the professional association for
computer scientists, have urged Congress to place limits on TIA.

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