may turn over a massive amount of personal data on its citizens
to a private company as part of a project designed to aid law enforcement, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
information would become part of Matrix, a multistate project that
has drawn praise from many in law enforcement and criticism from
privacy advocates. The system combines a huge amount of information
on every person who holds a driver’s license, including current
and past address, telephone numbers, car information, known associates
and neighbors, speeding tickets, even marriages and divorces.
officials told the newspaper that all the information is available
to police now, just not in one place where it can be easily searched.
Matrix system is operated by a private firm called Seisint, which
also will be charged with keeping track of who sees the information.
The newspaper reported earlier this month that Georgia had committed
to taking part in the project, even though several other states
had backed out over privacy concerns.