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2008 report on privacy proves prescient

Long before anyone had ever heard of Edward Snowden, US scientists were examining the question of how to safeguard privacy while mining personal data in the hunt for terrorists.

In 2005, the National Research Council set up a committee of academics, scientists, computer experts, and law-enforcement officials to study the issue. Three years later, the group published a report that seems prescient in the wake of Snowden.

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