Related link: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/24/politics/24PRIV.html
The Total Information Awareness project of the DARPA Information Awareness Office has received plenty of criticism. The US Senate joined the pile-on yesterday. To continue research, the DOD has 60 days to report to Congress about the project’s price tag, aims, and possible effect on civil liberties. (Although if President Bush says that slowing down research would threaten national security, it can continue.) The amendment passed also requires that Congress pass new legislation before the TIA program could be deployed in the US.
This is a bump in the road for TIA or other systems like it, but not a permanent block. Even if this program eventually withers, others will rise up to take its place. I’m still trying to figure out how to live with no privacy.