Gov’t Surveillance Programs in Spotlight

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 22, 2003

Today’s Wall Street Journal article, Data Collection Is Up Sharply Following 9/11 (subscription req’d), documents examples of the rapid acceleration and increasing sophistication of text mining programs created by private contractors to populate huge, searchable database systems. Used on both a state and federal level, these systems, which are increasingly linked via network applications, are resulting in heightened surveillance of Americans citizens across many aspects of our daily activities.

Posted in E-Government, Privacy

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