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By Caron Carlson  |  Posted 2003-05-20 Print this article Print

In anticipation of the report, the American Civil Liberties Union prepared a "pre-emptive analysis" of the TIA program, detailing its evolution. In addition to changing the projects name in response to public criticism and concern, DARPA replaced a chart on the TIA website, eliminating a long list of the types of information expected to be included in the system. The categories of data included financial, educational, medical, geographic and travel information among other things. The updated chart shows no such list. During a hearing before the House technology and information policy subcommittee Tuesday, Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLUs Technology and Liberty Program, told lawmakers that the government has issued constantly shifting information about TIA and other data mining projects, including the second-generation Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II).
"These systems are inevitably going to be intrusive even is they dont make us safer," Steinhardt said, urging Congress to begin establishing new privacy rights policies in light of the emerging surveillance technologies.
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