May 9, 2008
Huge Databases Offer a Research Gold MineÂ â€” and Privacy Worries
As states create warehouses of information about students, scholars see opportunities to assess the effectiveness of education
Last month several news organizations reported on the emergence of "fusion centers" — vast data clearinghouses, operated by state law-enforcement agencies, that can instantly call up key personal information on anyone: telephone numbers, insurance records, family ties, and much more.
Architects of the fusion centers say they are a long-overdue