from the and-getting-questionable-info dept
Apparently, he's set up the database to help find missing children and track down those who abduct them. This is absolutely a worthy cause -- but there are some serious questions about the method here. He's letting law enforcement use the technology he's developing for free, but in exchange many believe he's trying to get access to government databases to add more data to his own collection. Certainly, some government officials are happily using his technology, but others were turned off by some of the meetings, where they felt that the guy was asking for way too much -- including financial records and even movie rental history.
It's no secret that there are a bunch of big database companies out there creating huge profiles of pretty much everyone... but it does seem a bit sketchy when a guy who has tried to do similar things in the past (and had them shut down) shows up again trying to gain access to private government databases to include in his own system, in exchange for giving the police free access to that system.