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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Report: Data Mining - An Overview

Data mining includes the collection and analysis of information and the subsequent use of the product to predict some terrorist activities. That's a very oversimplified definition. In addition to its potentially beneficial uses for public safety, it also has potentially detrimental uses to deprive us of our privacy.

For a better understanding of data mining, see Data Mining - An Overview prepared by the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, and updated on June 7, 2005.

The topics covered in the report include:

  • What is data mining
  • Limitations of data mining
  • Data mining issues (data quality, interoperability, mission creep, privacy)
  • Legislation in the 108th Congress
  • Legislation in the 109th Congress
  • Information for further reading


Blogger stebbijo said...

I checked some of this stuff out before I experienced a computer glitch. Something "Creep" got my attention on page 13 before it all went haywire. I believe that much of this is just a waste of taxpayer money and a pseudoscience, but then we all need jobs.

Private citizens must hire an attorney when their privacy has been invaded, governnment bureaucrats can lean on the AG's office when they mess up -- no accountability there.

8:43 PM, August 16, 2005  

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