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.: Interest in face scanning grows - 19th Sep 2001

"Makers of technology struggle to meet demand since attacks. After nine months of intense scrutiny by lawmakers and privacy hawks, makers of controversial facial-surveillance technology have found themselves struggling to meet commercial demand in the wake of last week’s deadly attacks.

Executives of Visionics Corp and Viisage Technology Inc., which both make systems that cross-check surveillance-camera footage with criminal mugshots, say they have been flooded with calls and e-mails from prospective clients, including the federal government, since hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the U.S. Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside last Tuesday..."
[msnbc]




.: Americans back encryption controls - 19th Sep 2001

"72 percent say new laws could help prevent repeat of attacks. A poll in the United States has found widespread support for a ban on "uncrackable" encryption products, following proposals in Congress to tighten restrictions on software that scrambles electronic data.

The survey found that 72 percent of Americans believe that anti-encryption laws would be "somewhat" or "very" helpful in preventing a repeat of lastweek's terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The poll, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates on Sept. 13 and 14, reveals that the question of banning encryption tools without "backdoors" for government interception is under serious debate in the United States..."
[msnbc]




.: Attacks silence privacy concerns - 18th Sep 2001

"Last week's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon marked a significant turning point in the debate over computer and Internet privacy, giving new weight to calls for broader government surveillance powers.

Law-enforcement agencies in recent months have found themselves on the defensive over wiretapping and other intelligence-gathering technology, with Congress and the courts increasingly backing demands for greater accountability and restraint. But last week's terrorist assaults, the worst in U.S. history, may have instantly reversed that trend..."
[ZDNN]




.: Disposable cell phones spur debates - 17th Sep 2001

"Hop-On Wireless Chief Executive Peter Michaels and the rest of the nascent disposable cell phone industry are scrambling to defend a product that hasn't made it into the United States yet, but is a target of the nation's top crime fighters as they crack down on terrorism.

During the weekend, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller indicated that disposable phones are one of the reasons they want to give the U.S. law enforcement community more legal power to fight terrorism, using techniques such as tapping phones..."
[news.com]




.: Privacy vs. Safety - 17th Sep 2001

"Last week's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon marked a significant turning point in the debate over computer and Internet privacy, giving new weight to calls for broader government surveillance powers.

Law-enforcement agencies in recent months have found themselves on the defensive over wiretapping and other intelligence-gathering technology, with Congress and the courts increasingly backing demands for greater accountability and restraint. But last week's terrorist assaults, the worst in U.S. history, may have instantly reversed that trend..."
[news.com]






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