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ACLU Versus the MATRIX

10. February 2005 • Scott Trudeau
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The New Standard reports on the American Civil Liberty Union’s challenge of the multi-state MATRIX law enforcement project:

Since December 2003, Michigan police have participated in the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, or “MATRIX,” a federally funded private database project that collects information from government agencies and private corporations. MATRIX is designed to analyze an unprecedented amount of data from various sources in order to facilitate law enforcement investigations.

While noting that MATRIX has some legitimate law enforcement uses, the ACLU questions other purported uses of the database that delve more deeply into the realm of profiling and identifying suspects based on speculative criteria.

> New Standard: Suit Advances Against Michigan Police Use of MATRIX Database
> ACLU of Michigan