DHS Cancels Controversial Data Mining Program

The Associated Press and The Register are reporting that the Department of Homeland Security has terminated its ADVISE data mining program. The Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement program (ADVISE), which was designed to interpret large volumes of data for the federal government, cost $42 million to develop but was roundly criticized by privacy advocates as well as the General Accounting Office. The GAO warned that “the ADVISE tool could misidentify or erroneously associate an individual with undesirable activity such as fraud, crime or terrorism.” Pilot tests were suspended in March when it was reported that ADVISE was being tested on live data from individuals, and not the test “dummy” data it was supposed to be running against.

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