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New Technology Capable of Scanning Massive Data Sets

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 6, 2011

FOX News reports on a security research project built to scan instant messages, texts and e-mails. PRODIGAL, the Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning can read a quarter billion communications per day and is currently undergoing testing at the Georgia Tech School of Computational Science and Engineering. It will be used to scan the communications of military volunteers and government employees, but some have raised concerns about the project's future uses. "Some people say it's one step further toward a police state," said one security expert.
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