John Poindexter, director of the DARPA office responsible for TIA, was aware of the policy questions and took notable steps to include in the technical research agenda various initiatives to build technical mechanisms that might minimize the privacy impact of the data mining capabilities being developed. In hindsight, however, a more comprehensive analysis of both the technical and larger public-policy considerations associated with the program was necessary to address Congress’s concerns about privacy impact.
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