Crime Database ‘Matrix’ Losing State Participants

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As Georgia officials wrestle with sending confidential driver’s license records to the Matrix crime-fighting database, two other states confirmed Thursday they would withdraw from the multistate effort.

Law enforcement officials in Alabama and Louisiana said they would not participate in the one-year federally funded pilot program, citing concerns about cost or privacy, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Now eight states remain in the data-sharing program, which initially involved 14 states.

Matrix grew out of concerns after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington that law enforcement agencies across the nation were doing a poor job of sharing information. Congress watered down legislation last month that would have allowed the federal government to collect massive amounts of personal information, such as that contained in Matrix.

Critics charge that programs like Matrix threaten privacy and civil liberties.

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