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MATRIX - A Dossier for Every Person in Utah

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the investigating-you-without-your-knowledge dept.

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jxs2151 writes: "According to the Deseret Morning News former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt signed Utah's 2.4 million residents up for a pilot program that gathers dossiers on every single man, woman and child and didn't bother to tell anyone. According to the article MATRIX -- Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange '...cross-references government records from both public and private databases, putting together a dossier on individuals for use by law enforcement.' The state's homeland security specialist dismisses concerns: '...any data gleaned for Utah's participation in MATRIX is information already available to law enforcement.' The Utah legislature is trying to figure out how to get the state out of the program but the question is how was the Governor able to enroll the -whole state- without anyone knowing?"

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Lots of cross-referencing to do. (3, Funny)

MisterFancypants (615129) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146934)

Considering all the multi-marriage mormons in Utah, they're gonna have their hands full on the database design for this thing.

Re:Lots of cross-referencing to do. (2, Funny)

l810c (551591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146967)

I sure hope it's relational. If it's anything like the damn database I'm working with now the Spouse table would contain fields:

Wife1
Wife2
Wife3
Wife4
etc..

Re:Lots of cross-referencing to do. (1)

fnkleroi (742383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147143)

I wonder what kind of parameters they would track on the spouse table? Certainly the physicals would be caught in the resident table, so we don't have to duplicate height, weight, bust, waist, hips.

But how about:

TakesGarbageOut

WashesCar

WalksDog

CleansKitchen

InBed0_10

SexDeviance0_10

Comments

Re:Lots of cross-referencing to do. (2, Informative)

dk.r*nger (460754) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147149)

Wife1
Wife2
Wife3
Wife4
etc..


Well, now, that would not be very relational ..

The second you allow for twenty-one wives, someone with twentytwo wifes is going to show up.

You need a "People" table, with fields like "name", "is_married" and "age" field, and then a "Marriage" table with "groom_ref" and "wife_ref" field to link these people in marriage..

One to one (one wife) contra One to many (serveral wives)

Re:Lots of cross-referencing to do. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147151)

What is a dossier??

Re:Lots of cross-referencing to do. (3, Flamebait)

btakita (620031) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147033)

The Mormons have a good genealogy record database in place.

In fact, I wonder if Utah uses the Mormon's database to track who lives there.

RE: Moron about Mormons (4, Informative)

queen of everything (695105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147084)

Despite what you all think, the mormon religion does not condone plural marriage. If you take part in a plural marriage, you are excommunicated. That comment merely shows your ignorance and is not really funny at all.

Re: Moron about Mormons (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147117)

Don't piss your pants, you religious PC prick.

It's funny! Laugh!

Re: Moron about Mormons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147125)

I think it was intended as a joke. Take a deep breath and relax man.

Re: Moron about Mormons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147136)

Well I am the king of everything and I say you are wrong. I shal bed one of my other queens tonight.

shut your faggy hole and blow your dad, bitch. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147145)

Thats it... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146936)

Where's my Tin foil???

Re:Thats it... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147140)

Tin foil jokes... those are even worse than Slashdotting jokes... I swear if I knew your name and address, I'd come over and beat you to a bloody pulp.

this is crazy (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146938)

this is crazy

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when governments remove civil liberties (4, Insightful)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146943)

in the name of 'protecting freedom'
terrorism wins

Re:when governments remove civil liberties (5, Insightful)

figjamjam (121274) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146989)

The old saying goes, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"

So you need to be eternally vigilant against people wanting to taking away your freedom, ie YOUR GOVERNMENT.
Not some dirty old camel fscker hiding in a cave, cause all he wants to do is kill you.

Re:when governments remove civil liberties (1)

junkymailbox (731309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146994)

i use my voting power to vote people out .. It seems i'll have to use my power yet again.

Re:when governments remove civil liberties (4, Insightful)

Selecter (677480) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147096)

Yes, voting. That will work wonders. You realistically have the choice of poeple who voted and/or supported the Patriot Act (Kerry, Dean, Edwards, Leiberman, i.e. the entire Democratic field) *OR* the guy that actually signed the shit into law, Mr. G.W. Bush. Whutta choice. :/

Meanwhile, all the poeple running for President that are against the Patriot Act and PA II have dropped out of the race, or can't sell their souls to the devil to call themselves Republicans or Democrats, and therefore have zero chance of becoming President.

Yes, being allowed to vote surely gives one more freedom to vote for the government of your choice. As long as they support the NEW WORLD ORDER, you can pick any of them you like.

Re:when governments remove civil liberties (1)

vigilology (664683) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147009)

I fail to see how spying on people (and terrifying them at airports) is protecting their freedom. I demand to be protected from this sort of thing, god damnit.

Re:when governments remove civil liberties (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147108)

No... When the government caves to their demands, then terrorism wins.

Number 1 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146944)

That's me.

Surely that is unconstiutional (1)

JaF893 (745419) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146945)

and some people said the marix wasn't real

Re:Surely that is unconstiutional (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146971)

This is Bullshit, We must stop this crap.

resignation or impeachment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147119)

I am pretty sure a grave mistake like that calls for resignation or impeachment of said governor. Anyone from Utah who can update us on what the governor had to say and about the possibility of him resigning on his own?

Neo? Morpheus? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146946)

Can i see the dossiers on these?

Red pill / Blue pill (5, Funny)

egg troll (515396) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146953)

Jeez...could they have picked a worse name to have sent the geeks into overdrive than Matrix?

what are they going to do about it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146998)

blog?

Re:Red pill / Blue pill (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146999)

BIG BOOK OF GOATSE

Re:Red pill / Blue pill (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147073)

How about Total Information Awareness, since that's what it is? Witness! The new strategy of the Bush administration. Rather than buckle under realization that people don't want a measure and are willing to take a stand, he just dismantles his measure and pushes it through in small bits. I mean, if this is just Utah, then why Multi-State?

Making a big noise here in Utah.... (5, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146962)

So, this has really kinda raised a stink here in Utah, and despite the states Homeland Security specialist stating that all of the information is already available to law enforcement, one issue is that all of this information is not currently available in one place and that many simply object to government accumulating so much personal information. The other issue is that the problem with databases is that once they are created, they really cannot be destroyed. The information in them tends to propagate into other projects or products and is also often used for generation of revenues by selling information to certain corporations.

For instance, from the article: Searchable databases allow law enforcement agents to probe for people using Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, property records, motor vehicle information and credit history. The information is collected by states and forwarded to a database in Florida, where a private company, Seisint Inc., builds and manages the database.

The fact that credit history is included and is documented along with these other aspects of identity and is run and managed by a private company is disturbing leading me to wonder what connections Gov. Leavitt might have with this company.

Finally, as noted in the article our current Gov., Olene Walker (she was Gov. Leavitt's assistant governor before he headed off to become a Bush appointee to head the Environmental Protection Agency), apparently knew absolutely nothing about the project. As governor, Leavitt should have been representing the people of Utah, but what is it that he has done here?

Re:Making a big noise here in Utah.... (1)

yomegaman (516565) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146987)

This article does indeed raise many questions, the most important of which is "What the hell is a 'Utahn'?"

Re:Making a big noise here in Utah.... (2, Interesting)

kampf (85517) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147036)

In typical Utah Republican fashion, Leavitt has screwed us. First the Legacy Highway, then the matrix, now he's a cronie for the EPA. If i were the current Gov'na, i wouldn't run for the office either: too much crap to clean up after.

Let the other mindless Church-drones deal with it ( by carrying on his legacy of course).

Re:Making a big noise here in Utah.... (1)

fname (199759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147113)

Well, something like MATRIX has been coming for a long time, the trends were clear 20-30 years ago. In fact, I bet a lot of people think that the government already has this ability. I mean, they're able to do this stuff on CSI, True Lies, that bad Will Smith/ Gene Hackman movie, etc.

The truth is, this kind of one-stop-shop could be very useful for law enforcement, and could protect our privacy well if a court order were required to search it. But, it looks like instead of being controlled by a consumer-oriented agency, it's being run by a private company for their own profit. The IRS is probably the best example of a government agency which protects citizens personal data. A few years ago, when it was found that agents were looking up this data willy-nilly, there were congressional hearings & the process was tightened up.

So, the IRS is probably the best model of a government agency protecting critical private information. That we've allowed a for-profit company to run this thing is a travesty. A MATRIX-like database is probably inevitable, but it needs to be set up in a way that protects our privacy much better.

Bogus... (-1, Troll)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146964)

I bet if it had been called, FATASS "Family Anti-Terrorism Anonymous Secret Society" it sure wouldn't have been posted on Slashdot.

But call it MATRIX, and it doesn't matter what it stands for.

America: Wake the fuck up! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146965)

Please... Europe has never been "free", but until recently we here in the old country could aspire to going to america. Now, america is turning into prewar germany, and we've got no where to go. Stop it! before it's too late!

Re:America: Wake the fuck up! (0, Funny)

kaltkalt (620110) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146991)

sorry, we're at war with drugs and terrorism and a few other nouns. freedom and liberty doesn't matter when you are at "war"....

Re:America: Wake the fuck up! (1)

cornymccorn (746486) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147054)

"freedom and liberty doesn't matter when you are at "war"...."

Hmm, interesting. So why exactly fight a war then? What is it to fight a war without a cause? And how is it that these causes suddenly don't matter when we start fighting for them? Shouldn't they be, oh i don't know, protected even more when people are attacking them?

Re:America: Wake the fuck up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147109)

I think maybe the parent post was being sarcastic.

Re:America: Wake the fuck up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147058)

Don't see why that's a troll, personally. America has become that which it hated. Tragedy of the Grotesque.

Private company? (4, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146970)

The information is collected by states and forwarded to a database in Florida, where a private company, Seisint Inc., builds and manages the database.

So what's to prevent this company from selling the information to the highest bidder? Glad I don't live in Utah...

Re:Private company? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147014)

That's not the only reason to be glad you don't live in Utah.

Re:Private company? (5, Insightful)

rgmoore (133276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147017)

What makes you so sure that your governor hasn't done exactly the same thing? It sounds as though the people in Utah only found out about their being entered in the program because they got a new governor. It was a big surprise even to other people in the state government. If that can happen in Utah, it can happen in your state or mine. People in other parts of the country may well have had their information in the same program and simply not know about it because their governments haven't let the cat out of the bag yet. That's the truly scary implication of the situation.

Proud to be Canadian (1)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147144)

Boy am I happy to be a Canadian today. Where I live, in western Canada, our government doesn't give a flying fsck about us! They just think we grow pot, dig up oil, farm stuff, and get really really cold in the winter. They don't have a single good reason to make a database out of us. And hell, even if they did, it would run %7000 overbudget and not really work anyways! Oh wait... maybe they already did that last part...

Re:Private company? (4, Funny)

kaltkalt (620110) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147022)

Hasn't everyone always been glad they don't live in utah?

Re:Private company? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147122)

Weren't the Mormons the ones who transcribed all the Ellis Island records? They seem to have a fetish about genealogy and record-keeping...

Re:Private company? (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147030)

"So what's to prevent this company from selling the information to the highest bidder?"

Absolutely nothing.

"Glad I don't live in Utah..."

Don't think for a second that this will end in Utah. This thing is going to spread like a...uuhhh...virus?

Re:Private company? (1)

ivansanchez (565775) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147104)

This thing is going to spread like a...uuhhh...virus? Yes, and you'll be hating its smell, fearing of having contagiated from it.

Re:Private company? (3, Interesting)

diersing (679767) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147035)

Utah merely consolidated and forwarded ALL public (along with those private ones Law Enforcement had) records on to them. That doesn't mean your local law enforcement, DMV, Social Security office, pension management, etc isn't already doing the same. This Seisint Inc does quite a bit (and more then just Law Enforcement) database management.

Just because you don't live in Utah doesn't mean you don't have something with them. I know my mortgage company holds some database or another with them.

I would think, since they offer services such as Law enforcement Risk management Fraud detection Identity verification Insurance investigations Legal research Customer data hygiene and integration Skip tracing and asset identification , that they do cross referencing among all their databases the same as the credit companies, people finding services and so forth.

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Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146974)

Private corporations have been selling our personal data to eachother since forever. I don't see why this is a big deal now.

If you live in Utah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146978)

The MATRIX has you

CANADA STILL CARES ASSHOLES! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146979)

As every day goes by
How can we close our eyes
Until we open up our hearts

We can learn to share
And show how much we care
Right from the moment that we start

Seems like overnight
We see the world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost

How can we look away
'Cause every single day
We've got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don't ya know that tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We could change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It's up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It's time to take our message everywhere

C'est l'amour qui nous rassemble
D'ici ?l'autre bout du monde
Let's show them Canada still cares
You know that we'll be there

If we should try together you and I
Maybe we could understand the reasons why
If we take a stand every woman, child and man
We can make it work for God's sake lend a hand

Acronym (5, Informative)

apoplectic (711437) | more than 10 years ago | (#8146981)

I've seen casual acronyms before, but this is getting silly: Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange as MATRIX? You mean MATIE? As in a little girl? Certainly not as cool as MATRIX...

Re:Acronym (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147026)

Strange choice, too. Calls to mind this cartoon [workingforchange.com] , to say nothing of the symbolism inherent in the Matrix trilogy. Why do they want to voulentarily attract such negative associations?

Re:Acronym (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147099)

for the same resons as with CAN-spam?

What a redundant project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146982)

I mean, why not just make a trip to the Temple [lds.org] instead?
Oh, yeah: the frogskins. Follow the frogskins.

Privacy concerns and John Q. American (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8146985)

I am constantly surprised by how the American public lets this flagrant abuse of their freedom go unchallenged.

Sure, it's reported. It's talked about. But when is the average American actually going to stand up to the government and tell them they will no longer stand to be scrutinised like they have already commited a crime?

Here in Europe, where we are actually trusted by our governments, we would never allow such encroachments on our personal freedoms.

Why do our American cousins?

History lesson (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147023)

A long time ago in Europe, the government encroached on our personal freedoms. Then we came to America, started a free society, and kicked your asses.

but what does the future hold? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147101)

the the unequal distribution of wealth couppled with a growing fear of EVERYTHING lead to the 3rd and 4th world wars. taking place only 4 hours apart, it was determined that the usa struck first against russia and the middle east. someone over there aparently said that the USA's mother looked funny.

WW4 decided upon moments after the 3rd ended saw every country with balistic missle capabilities repeatadly launching on the us to once and forever end the threat of a rogue nation.

--END ACT 3 PLEASE TURN OVER TAPE --

Re:Privacy concerns and John Q. American (2, Insightful)

Klimaxor (264151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147045)

Because it won't do much good. We have alot of different groups of people here in this country, with alot of different beliefs as to how far "security" can go. We all have our own different ideas as to what is right and what is wrong and speaking as an american, most of us are too lazy or ignorant to care.

"what, dossier? well..does it make my tv go away?"

besides, most large scale protests end up with the police in riot gear forcing protesters into doing something they can get arrested for

Re:Privacy concerns and John Q. American (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147142)

Well, Mr. Superiority, you've certainly proved you have the type of charisma to lead America into fighting this kind of invasion of privacy.

The general populus isn't as dumb as you think it is.

Re:Privacy concerns and John Q. American (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147093)

Here in Europe, where we are actually trusted by our governments, we would never allow such encroachments on our personal freedoms.

hitler? muosolini? stalin? must have forgotten about all of those.

Re:Privacy concerns and John Q. American (2, Insightful)

Tony B Liar (746350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147102)

You gotta be joking! In britain we are gonna soon have id cards, trackers in cars, and if you crae to have a look at legislation pushed though by our paranoid premiere blair, Ill think you find the british govt doesnt trust us, like us or give 2 fucks about us. Stands a chance the utah model will be sold to our Tone. Of course itll be at a cut price.. monogamy means less fields ;) Tony B

When oh when... (3, Funny)

Unominous Coward (651680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147000)

is somebody going to attach a turbine to George Orwell?

Just think of all the nuclear power stations that could be decommissioned as a result

a possible solution? (1)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147106)

Throw the idiot who did this in a memory hole.

note: I am not advocating we physically harm the idiot responsible for this.

note: Neither am I saying that the bastard doesn't deserve it.

The governor... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147005)

set us up the bomb! All your dataBASE are belong to us!

Matrix in Georgia (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147008)

This just hit the news here in GA as well.

Here, it is the reverse situation. The governor (Sonny Perdue) has now ordered the state twice to *stop* participating in the Matrix program. The first order was ignored. I wonder if the second will go un-heeded as well?

Re:Matrix in Georgia (3, Interesting)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147098)

How can they ignore him? He's the fucking governor- FIRE whoever's giving the info. Fire all the top guys int hat department til someone listens.

Re:Matrix in Georgia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147146)

Fuck, you're the governor. Don't fire the bastards. Kill each one of them, then issue yourself a full pardon. I'm quite serious about this.

Negative option? (1)

Mannerism (188292) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147021)

how was the Governor able to enroll the -whole state- without anyone knowing?

Maybe he used to work for a cable company.

Re:Negative option? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147133)

how was the Governor able to enroll the -whole state- without anyone knowing?

Maybe he used to work for a cable company.

More likely MCI.

Related Links (4, Informative)

handy_vandal (606174) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147029)

Re: Related Links (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147074)

Privacy Watch: Matrix

Matrix Updates

Matrix Raises a Stir
Wow, they're really churning out the sequels, aren't they!

how did the Governor do it? (4, Insightful)

homer_ca (144738) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147032)

"the question is how was the Governor able to enroll the -whole state- without anyone knowing?"

Easy, because the data was being collected in the first place. The whole system of legal protection of privacy (i.e. laws that say you're not allowed to use this data for this purpose) breaks down when the trusted custodians of data shits all over the public's trust. The only way to ensure privacy is to not collect the data in the first place. Not that that's ever going to happen.

Re:how did the Governor do it? (1, Redundant)

queen of everything (695105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147147)

The only way to ensure privacy is to not collect the data in the first place.

But, most of the information is just common information that has to be collected. The phone company has to have your name and address for you to have phone service. The local tax administration has to have your social security number to tax your income...etc. Its all in how the information is compiled and used. They didn't spy on you to collect information that wasn't already out there and they can't just stop taking the information they are currently getting. Unless you buy a shack in the mountains with no phone or electricity and sit there with your tinfoil hat on rocking in the corner quietly.

one of the worst states (1)

sstory (538486) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147038)

Utah is now home of SCO, mormons, and now citizen dossiers. Why would anyone live there?

Is Florida any better? (1)

gearheadsmp (569823) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147105)

Is Florida any better? Supposedly there's half a dozen spammers in one Florida county alone. And MATRIX is being hosted there, which means that state is prolly enrolled in MATRIX also.

Facts? (4, Informative)

bryanthompson (627923) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147043)

Just in case anyone wants to actually read what it's about before going off the deep end, they have a site:

http://www.iir.com/matrix/ [iir.com]

[quote]The MATRIX project is implementing factual data analysis from existing data sources to integrate disparate data from many types of Web-enabled storage systems to identify, develop, and analyze terrorist activity and other crimes for investigative leads. This capability will facilitate integration and exchange of information within the participating states, including criminal history, driver license data, vehicle registration records, and incarceration/corrections records including digitized photographs, with significant amounts of public data record entries. Provision has been made for the inclusion of data sources from additional states, should expansion be authorized. The use of factual data analysis from existing data sources will save countless investigative hours and significantly improve the opportunity for successful conclusion of investigations.

Data Security Information submitted by a state may only be disseminated in accordance with restrictions and conditions placed on it by the submitting state, pursuant to the submitting state's laws and regulations. Information will be made available only to law enforcement agencies, and on a need-to-know and right-to-know basis. Data access permissions will be conditioned on the privileges of the user making the inquiry.[/quote]

Well, it's a good thing ... (1)

bigmouth_strikes (224629) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147044)

...that there are no national ID numbers, right ? Without them it's impossible to track people, or something.

I am waiting for the scandal (2, Interesting)

Black Art (3335) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147063)

Here is what I expect to happen if this actually goes forward...

Lots of data will be collected about people's daily habits. That data somehow ends up in the hands of the Mormon church. They then start punishing members for things like buying coffee in stores, renting porn, not tithing a full 10%, and going to R rated movies. Then it gets leaked where all of this data came from.

Mormons are taught to support the Government. It will take quite a bit to get them to really fight against such a draconian intrusion into their lives. They tend to gravitate to authoritarianism as it is.

Solution (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147068)

Keep the database. Make all information about government officials contained therein searchable to the public. Including Mr. Leavitt. May as well throw in Jackie and all the Leavittlings while we're at it.

Sigh!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8147132)

Utah again.

*not* a call to all hackers and crackers (3, Interesting)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8147135)

The information is collected by states and forwarded to a database in Florida, where a private company, Seisint Inc., builds and manages the database.

Now that we know that Seisint [seisint.com] is compiling a database of all relevant information on *everyone* living in Utah, how long do we think it'll be before one of the many hackers/crackers (possibly sponsored by organized crime, then again equally likely to be doing it just for the kudos) breaks through their corporate security (cough smoke-and-mirrors, if they're like most other companies) and steals the identity of an entire state at once?

Of course " Utah was one of 13 states that hopped on board the pilot program last June -- funded with $12 million in federal grants. But since then, several states have pulled out of the project, citing privacy and financial concerns."

So we're not even talking about just one single state !

C'mon people - fame and fortune, kudos from the slashdot crowd, and your very own entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

I can just see it now Worlds Largest Simultaneous Identity Theft
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