FBI Shows Off Big Database... Just As UK Shows Why Big Databases Are Bad

from the great-timing dept

Remember all the trouble the FBI has been having getting its big new computer system working? They must be feeling a bit embarrassed about all that. That might explain why they were so proud to show off their big new counter-terrorism database. However, as the article notes, there are legitimate fears about peoples' privacy when such huge databases are put together by governments. In fact, across the Atlantic Ocean a story is coming out about a similar big database, as it's been revealed that government office workers have been hacking into the database to check out the profiles of people they know. With any of these big databases, it's only a matter of time before that data is abused in some manner -- no matter how carefully government officials claim that the data is only used for legitimate reasons.

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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Aug 2006 @ 8:13am

    actually it wasn't 200 years for the first act of terrorism.

    pearl harbor, the civil war, the war of 1812, the uss cole...we've been attacked before, why is 9/11 so big?

    after the cole...phones weren't bugged. cruse ships weren't docked....the sale of personal watercraft wasn't restricted...

    wait...george, i'm hitler junior, w. bush wasn't in office....

    humm....

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