Can the Use of Factual Data Analysis Strengthen National Security? Part Two, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, May 20, 2003   [open pdf - 3MB]

The purpose of this hearing is to examine the use of factual data analysis to strengthen national security. Subcommittee Chairman Adam H. Putnam made the following remarks in his opening statement, "With today's continued improvements in technology, particularly in the areas of data base exploration and information sharing, Federal agencies faced with the monumental task of enhancing national security and law enforcement are provided a number of opportunities to do so more effectively. Specifically, the process of factual data analysis enables the end user to sort through massive amounts of information, identifying patterns of interest to its user in a matter of seconds. This type of tool has proven beneficial in a variety of applications and could have considerable implications for law enforcement and Federal authorities tasked with identifying terrorist activity before it strikes. At the same time, there are valid questions and concerns about the Government's potential access to the personal information of individual citizens that could be the subject of a data mining process. While it is important that the Federal Government utilize all available resources to enhance national security, it is critical that we continue to safeguard American values of personal freedom and privacy. Today's hearing will focus on examining the questions and concerns surrounding the Federal Government's use of factual data analysis or information produced by this analytical process." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul Rozenzweig, John Cohen, Candice S. Miller, Adam Putnam, and Barry Steinhardt.

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