New Efforts by Senators to Limit Data Mining

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 16, 2003

Senators Ron Wyden, and Harry Reid are seeking to disable the Total Information Awareness surveillance program by the most direct means possible – an amendment to discontinue its funding.
Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a press release that stated, “It is time for the Senate to put some reins on this program before it grows exponentially and tips the balance with respect to privacy rights and the need to protect the national security of this country in a fashion that is detrimental to our Nation.”
A PDF version of the amendment to “prohibit the use of funds for research, development, test and evaluation on the technology of the Total Information Awareness program” is available here. It is titled the Data-Mining Moratorium Act of 2003, and also has Sen. Russ Feingold as a co-sponsor.

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