Tech on privacy: Offender or defender?

    April 11, 2003

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Although modern technology created many of society’s most pressing threats to privacy, a group of researchers is out to prove that it is also the greatest defender of civil liberties.

For example, video surveillance could be made more palatable if it worked more like an episode of “Cops,” with people’s faces blurred out. Only if a crime occurred would the more detailed images be made available. Massive databases designed to root out terrorists, meanwhile, might feel less intrusive if the actual names associated with the information being gathered were kept in a separate file that required a warrant or other authorization to access.

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