The House Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census oversight, held a hearing, “Data Mining: Current Applications and Future Possibilities,” on March 25. Witness testimony included discussion of concerns associated with privacy issues and the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program as well as the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II). EPIC submitted comments to the committee by letter, which included the following statement: “We write to call your attention to the growing practice of federal agencies purchasing commercial databases for law enforcement purposes. It is our view that these activities violate the intent of the Privacy Act and should be suspended.” For more information on the hearing and quotes from specific testimony, look here and here.
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