December 19, 2002
ISAT Report Recommends Developing Technologies to Protect Privacy

The Pentagon released a study done at the end of 2001, before the TIA was even a glimmer in John Poindexter's eye, called "Security with Privacy" (PDF), by the Information Sciences and Technologies Study Group. It recommends DARPA and other government agencies develop technologies to protect against the "misuse of data-mining systems similar to those now being considered by the government to track civilian activities electronically in the United States and abroad."

EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act (PDF) request to get the study, which looked at technologies, not policy or the TIA, and concludes that "...technologies can be adapted to permit surveillance while minimizing exposure of individual information.... Perhaps the strongest protection against abuse of information systems is Strong Audit mechanisms. We need to watch the watchers."

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