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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ditching a controversial data-mining program, the Associated Press revealed today. The Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement program (ADVISE), a massive data-mining system under development at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory since 2003, was capable of …


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  1. amanfromMars Silver badge

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  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    CSC Worldbridge (UK Biometric Outsource to US Corp)

    I wonder how much information is going into their data mining, given the UK outsourced collection of it's biometrics to American CSC Corp and is currently taking the biometrics of European residents that visit the UK, when they apply for their visa. Your turn soon brits, CSC will need your biometrics soon!

    Here's the German embassy version of it:



    * All persons applying for UK visas must lodge applications through the British Consulate's commercial partner, WorldBridge Service (a division of CSC) at Düsseldorf, Berlin or Munich.

    * All visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, will have to apply in person to a Visa Application Centre (VAC) and have their fingerscans and digital photograph taken.

    * You must make an online appointment in order to submit your application. Appointments can be made through the WorldBridge website: People who turn up at the VAC without an appointment will be turned away. "

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Did they think of the name to match the acronym, sounds like it!

  4. amanfromMars Silver badge

    Win win ......... if you dare to win

    And "Data analysis programs hold real promise for protecting America, but they need to be tested using dummy data before being used on real data," said James Dempsey, policy director for the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil liberties group. "Why this mistake keeps getting made over and over again, I don't understand." ....

    Tested using dummy data leads to dummy conclusions. The most probable reason for the plug being pulled is that the real data fed in produced some real disturbing information/intelligence which was inconvenient in its truth.

  5. amanfromMars Silver badge

    There's bound to be a simple XPlanaNation

    To Boldly Go .......and it is not even Friday yet? :-)

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    These things just dont work

    These data mining systems just don't give any useful results. They are about as effective as searching for a pair of terms on google, you might get a page with both terms on it, but in totally unrelated contexts. However, if that happens in a DHS system, that's you marked down as a terrorist forever, and good luck booking a flight from now on.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Who need ADVISE when there is GOOGLE?!

    QUOTE: "Although the software program at the lab has been shelved, the Knocke noted that S&T had "determined that new commercial products now offer similar functionality while costing significantly less to maintain than ADVISE." Parts of the TIA continued, of course, under other names."

    Looks like Google won't have to suffer under any FTC/DOJ investigations when they apparently have the "contract" to datamine for the NSA!!!

    What better "product" to use besides Microsoft? Wanna keep tab's on Osama's and his pal's search history? GOOGLE! Can you say 35% Hydrogen Peroxide? GOOGLE!

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