Saturday, November 26, 2005

Army's proposed database of sexual assault victims comes under fire from privacy advocates

The United States Army, in an attempt to deal with the problem of sexual assaults within its ranks, is proposing to develop a database to track all sexual assaults and victims. Privacy advocates are concerned about the risks associated with this database and the chilling effect it may have on victims coming forward. See:

Some Oppose Army's Sexual Assault Database - Yahoo! News:

...The planned Army system would include the victim's name, Social Security number, date of birth, other demographic information, military service data, assault investigation and police reports, medical and other support records, and any actions taken against offenders...

Just imagine what would happen if this database on a laptop or a USB thumb drive gets "lost" ...

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