Boon to cops, bane of privacy groups, database search engine lives on


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  • Tuesday, 12 Jul 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - When the US federal government in April stopped funding a database that lets police quickly see public records and commercially collected information on Americans, privacy advocates celebrated what they saw as a victory against overzealousness in the fight against terrorism. 

But a few states are pressing forward with a similar system, continuing to look for ways to quickly search through a trove of data - from driver's license photos to phone numbers to information about people's cars. 

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