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Advocates Call for Broader View of Data Mining

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 9, 2010

One advocacy group is calling for a broader definition of data mining, Nextgov reports. The Constitution Project is recommending an expanded definition that would "require reporting on a greater number of programs." While data mining has security uses, the report notes that critics are concerned that the collection and retention of data violates privacy, due process and free speech rights. Discussing the definition of data mining, Department of Homeland Security CPO Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP, said, "My reservation would be--to expand the definition of data mining to cover all activities (would extend it) to essentially every time you set up a database."
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