The Federal Bureau of Investigations is developing a computer-profiling system that would enable investigators to target possible terror suspects, according to a Justice Department report submitted to Congress yesterday.
[...] “STAR does not label anyone a terrorist,” the report said. “Only individuals considered emergent foreign threats (as opposed to other criminal activity such as U.S. bank robbery threats) will be analyzed.”
Some lawmakers said, however, that the report raises new questions about the government’s power to use personal information and intelligence without accountability.
[...] The STAR system would be subject to a privacy-impact assessment before launched in final form.
And I’d like to know how someone even goes about doing, much less defending, a “privacy impact assessment.”