Though data mining has many valuable uses, it is not well suited to the terrorist discovery problem. It would be unfortunate if data mining for terrorism discovery had currency within national security, law enforcement, and technology circles because pursuing this use of data mining would waste taxpayer dollars, needlessly infringe on privacy and civil liberties, and misdirect the valuable time and energy of the men and women in the national security community.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Data mining useless for catching terrorists
Bruce Schneier points out an interesting new report from CATO on the uselessness of data mining for finding terrorists: