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Here's more on the Matrix, a multi-million dollar crime and terrorism database that was designed to give investigators quick access to billions of pieces of information on potential terror suspects through state vehicle and crime records and commercial databases. Eight of the original thirteen states who participated in the pilot project, which would have contained records on half the US population, have withdrawn, citing privacy concerns and whether sending state-owned records to computers owned by a private company is legal. The format is being changed in order to allow the five remaining states to maintain their own records. Read More.