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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-12-06 09:06 AM
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2. I liked the 5 suggested principles to be used by Congress in reviewing
First, they suggest Congress ask what information, exactly, is being collected and are we ignoring traditional warrant requirements/or dodging weak privacy laws by outsourcing the job.
Second, who has access and what restrictions on how it can be used or shared? Third, who authorized data mining, and is its use restricted to identifying terrorists? Fourth, what is the collective effect of these programs on citizens' rights - folks inhibited in what they say and do?...free speech and freedom of assembly eroded.

Fifth, how do these data collection and mining operations deal with error? As anyone who's tried to dispute an erroneous credit report can attest, once computer networks exchange data, it may be difficult to verify its accuracy or where it entered the system. Citizens who do not know they are under surveillance cannot challenge inaccurate information that may become part of their secret digital dossier.

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