Concerns that law enforcement fusion centers are violating individuals’ privacy rights as they gather intelligence on terrorism, criminal, and other public safety threats are the exception and certainly not the rule, according to a study published in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.
The paper, “Law Enforcement Fusion Centers: Cultivating an Information Sharing Environment while Safeguarding Privacy,” authored by Jeremy Carter, an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, addresses the privacy rights issue, among others.
The national network of fusion centers in the U.S., currently numbering 78, was created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. In the wake of the terrorist attacks, the need for greater information sharing and increased intelligence capabilities across various law enforcement levels and locales became widely apparent.
The idea was to try and have the necessary pieces of information funneled to a fusion center so analysts can stay abreast of potential threats and then relay that information back out to law enforcement to mitigate the threat, Carter said. (more…)