Government agencies continue to expand their use of information technology in an attempt to root out the sources of terrorism. As they proceed, more and more private businesses are being asked to cooperate in the search. Corporations in the financial services, airline and telecommunications have already handed over terabytes of customers data, and as the anti-terror nets cast wider, it seems reasonable that other industries will soon be asked as well.
What is the government’s approach to using IT as an intelligence tool? What role does—and should—corporate America play? And how, as an IT leader, should you respond if asked to make a choice between the government’s desire for ever more data and your customers’ rights to privacy?
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Senator Calls for U.S. Summit on Privacy
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Customs Rattles the Supply Chain
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Poindexter Defends Total Information Awareness
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How to serve your company and you country.
Terror Transactions Bedevil Banks
Financial firms embrace new technology to comply with the Patriot Act.