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The FAST system is instead based on equipment including infrared cameras and pressure pads to detect fidgeting.
Details of the system were obtained through freedom of information laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (Epic) based in Washington DC.
A document they obtained said that "sensors will non-intrusively collect video images, audio recordings, and psychophysiological measurements".
Ginger McCall, a lawyer for the non-profit group, told CBS News: "If it were deployed against the public, it would be very problematic.
"They should do a privacy impact assessm
The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine “goes beyond search” by “looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.”
The idea is to figure out for each incident who was involved, where it happened and when it might go down. Recorded Future then plots that chatter, showing online “momentum” for any given event.
“The cool thing is, you can actually predict the curve, in many cases,” says company CEO Christopher Ahlberg, a former Swedish Army Ranger with a PhD in computer science.
Which naturally makes the 16-person Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm attractive to Google Ventures, the search giant’s investment division, and to In-Q-Tel, which handles similar duties for the CIA and the wider intelligence community.
Some of the lower courts have held opposing views on the legality of the practice. New Hampshire and Maine statutes banning data mining were found constitutional,3,4 while a Vermont law was ruled unconstitutional.5,6 The Vermont case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 23, 2011, the Supreme Court issued its decision in a 6-3 split vote, with the majority deciding data mining is constitutional.7
This case is particularly important because it effectively reversed two earlier circuit court opinions that had upheld similar state laws.8 The Supreme Court is the last court of refuge, and its decisions set precedents that all lower courts, in both the federal and state systems of government, must follow. Thus, data mining is legal, and state attempts to curb the practice under confidentiality notions are unconstitutional.
Another way of looking at the case recognizes the fact that the aim of the states that tried to ban data mining was to save the costs of more expensive brand-name prescription drugs favored by the pharmaceutical companies when less expensive generics in the same therapeutic class were available. The crux of this logic is that when manufacturers have access to PI data, they can send “detail representatives” to the prescriber’s office for the purpose of encouraging the prescribing of a favored brand-name drug. Viewing the case this way suggests that the Supreme Court is more interested in protecting the wealth of the big pharmaceutical companies than the well-being of the many cash-strapped states stuck with the bill for higher-cost drugs (primarily in Medicaid or Medicare drug benefit costs borne by the states) or of the generic manufacturers of the lower-cost medications.
It is probably difficult for many professional pharmacists to follow the logic of the decision and even harder to understand how or why selling data constitutes a form of free speech. Not to worry though, there are just as many attorneys who also do not understand the concepts articulated in the majority opinion.
An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned.
If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues indicative of mal-intent."
Excerpt from internal DHS document obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center
(Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security) The latest developments, which reveal efforts to "collect, process, or retain information on" members of "the public," came to light through an internal DHS document obtained under open-government laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. DHS calls its "pre-crime" system Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST.
"If it were deployed against the public, it would be very problematic," says Ginger McCall, open government counsel at EPIC, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C.
In his latest version, the one being implemented in D.C., Berk goes even further, identifying the individuals most likely to commit crimes other than murder.
If the software proves successful, it could influence sentencing recommendations and bail amounts.
"When a person goes on probation or parole they are supervised by an officer. The question that officer has to answer is 'what level of supervision do you provide?'" said Berk.
It used to be that parole officers used the person's criminal record, and their good judgment, to determine that level.
"This research replaces those seat-of-the-pants calculations," he said.
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