The erosion of high-tech privacy protection

Salon.com has published an article relating to recent claims about research being conducted into data mining technology that have invoked privacy concerns. According to the article writer, Michael J. Sniffen, the Bush government’s ‘fight against terrorism’ has contributed to the closure of two privacy-protection projects and continuing research into somewhat dubious software technology. This relates to an earlier story posted about the activities of DARPA.This research is reportedly based on the abandoned research of retired Adm. John Poindexter and is being carried out by the Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA), on behalf of US Intelligence bodies. Such software would allow government agencies to scan personal transactions, such as financial transactions, for potential terrorist activity. The article is largely based on claims made by Teresa Lunt, formerly an employee of the Palo Alto Research Center which was one of the two projects shut down by the Bush administration.

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