Monday, July 16, 2007

Not Data Mining

Well not as defined by Congress:
But the report ignores one of DHS' most controversial uses of data, the Automated Targeting System, which uses secret algorithms to rate the threat level of every air traveler to and from the United States, regardless of whether they are citizens or not.

That system doesn't count for purposes of the report because it takes in names from passenger lists and spits out the people who allegedly deserve extra scrutiny at the border. Because it starts with a list of names, it isn't data mining, under the definition handed to the Privacy Office by Congress.

And like the article suggests, with a logo like this, it's obvious why some people have concerns.

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