Magazine article Corrections Forum

More States Eying Anti-Crime Database

Magazine article Corrections Forum

More States Eying Anti-Crime Database

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Associated Press

The Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (Matrix), a quick-access information repository that integrates state-based data with privately held data, is currently in use by six states and being considered for use in sever- ' al others despite privacy worries. Law enforcement officials argue that the system is an efficient crime-fighting tool and note that that it only uses public state records data and does not attempt to make crime or terrorism predictions. Conn., Fla., N.Y., Ohio, Mich., and Penn. all participate in Matrix, while Utah ended its participation last week as did Georgia, which had said it was dropping in October but then failed to do so, blaming a miscommunication.

Matrix combines participating states' records with 20 billion database files held by Seisint, and privacy rights advocates are concerned about the scope of the information available. Georgia provided state prison and sex offender records for the database, but state attorney general Thurbert Baker later ruled that Georgia ' could not share driver's license records unless state law was changed. …

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