Data Mining: So Hot Right Now

> WaPo: “Pentagon Creating Student Database“
> NYTimes: “Age 16 to 25? The Pentagon Has Your Number, and More“

From the NYTimes story:

The Defense Department and a private contractor have
been building an extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds,
combining names with Social Security numbers, grade-point averages,
e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

The department began building the database three years ago, but
military officials filed a notice announcing plans for it only last
month. That is apparently a violation of the federal Privacy Act, which
requires that government agencies accept public comment before new
records systems are created.


Author: Rob Goodspeed