Overview Edit

The U.S. Department of Defense's Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee (TAPAC) was chartered in February 2003 to examine the use of "advanced information technologies to identify terrorists before they act."[1] TAPAC was charged with advising the Secretary of Defense on the protection of personal privacy during the pursuit of technological solutions to identify terrorists and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States.

The decision to create TAPAC was prompted by the escalating debate over the Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) program.[2] TIA had been created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 2002 as a tool to

become much more efficient and more clever in the ways we find new sources of data, mine information from the new and old, generate information, make it available for analysis, convert it to knowledge, and create actionable options.[3]

The final report was issued in March 2004, titled Safeguarding Privacy in the Fight against Terrorism.

References Edit

  1. U.S. Department of Defense, Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee Charter (Mar. 25, 2003).
  2. The title "Total Information Awareness" changed to "Terrorism Information Awareness" in May 2003.
  3. John Poindexter, "Overview of the Information Awareness Office," prepared remarks for delivery at DARPATech 2002, at 1 (Aug. 2, 2002).

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