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What Did You Do Before the War?

Date: November 22, 2001
Author: Lisa Guernsey
QUOTE: Privacy aside, skeptics question whether the rise in background checks will actually make the country more secure....What if, for example, companies or individuals conduct searches out of idle curiosity under the guise of an authorized purpose? Some people worry that the more integrated such sources of information become, they will start to resemble de facto national identity databases, ripe for abuse and for the kind of errors that can brand a person for life.

QUOTE: New technologies have increased the efficiency of online databases and allow anyone with the right access codes to search background information on just about any American.  But does access to so much private information represent an improvement or a dangerous opportunity ripe for abuse?  Depends on which side of the inquiry you are on....

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