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Thu, 27 May 2004

GAO Reports: Big Brother At Large

The ACLU issued a press release today drawing attention to a new report from the GAO that "reveals at least four programs that may be accessing and analyzing private-sector databases in ways that approach the 'data surveillance' of ordinary citizens". As the ACLU's Steinhardt put it, the problem is:

the construction of systems that systematically aggregate information about the private activities of innocent individuals on a mass scale, and the computerized scrutiny of those activities for allegedly suspicious patterns

The report is available online.

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