GAO Report Reviews Gov’t Data Mining Programs, Limitations and Privacy Issues

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 6, 2004

From Data Mining: An Overview, updated May 3, 2004:

  • Data mining has become increasingly common in both the public and private sectors. Organizations use data mining as a tool to survey customer information, reduce fraud and waste, and assist in medical research. However, the proliferation of data mining has raised some implementation and oversight issues as well. These include concerns about the quality of the data being analyzed, the interoperability of the databases and software between agencies, and potential infringements on privacy. Also, there are some concerns that the limitations of data mining are being overlooked as agencies work to emphasize their homeland security initiatives.”
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