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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - February 29, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePage 4 the stars and stripes thursday february 29, 1968 do the computers leave us much privacy by John Cunniff at the Point where information computer causing such inform ers constructively. But time is a should the Federal census Ream a. A mlm.4.1. J.-., j i i. A. 1.i. . A. Bw9m k4 4-Kmi Fitl. My in of to if it a vol be Ull new York a what Ever privacy remains for the american citizen it remains because the Federal governments presently too inefficient to pull All its personal information files this statement made by the head of a congressional subcommittee sen. Edward v. Long,d-mo., contains a critically important word fact is that this inefficiency can be eliminated almost immediately by the electronic computer a tool made precisely for this Job of gathering processing inter relating compar ing and retrieving files. And As might be expected pressure inevitably continues for the Federal government to apply this computer tool to the Job to create a Federal data ban from which could be drawn personal information on citizen by the Mere of a Finger on a console Button. The information on Persona history so retrieved from the millions of social Security police Fri military and income files would be used by Busi Ness government and the professions ostensibly to serve service would include better government planning for health and welfare better marketing methods by Industry per haps tighter Federal budget estimates More efficient personnel practices in business and so on and , a growing number of critics believe that in turning the machine on itself Mankind is endangering the rights of per Sonal privacy. In the View of critics the electronic computer s hunger for facts its almost unlimited ability to regurgitate these facts for an endless number of uses and it amorality have now brought it to a confrontation with Man it creator. At Issue Are profound questions regarding Man s future. Does Man for example really need All this information or is he simply being enticed into us ing the machine because it s there is the machine tricking an into creating the need at the University of chicag conference on privacy recently this Issue of personal rights Ina world of computers became the Central . Arthur Miller of the University of Michigan illustrated at least one of the Many dilemma s involved by reminding his audience that the Freedom of information act was passed i furtherance of the Public s right to know. However he continued this right also could be a danger. It May he said Force disclosure of a great Deal of information that originally was Given the government with the understand ing that it would be kept confidential and a considerable amount of personal data that Many a sensitive citizen would consider this information is of course available right at the moment without a Central computer set up. But the danger As Many see it is that the centralization of this information and its retrieval in seconds May be an excuse for thereby using it. Who would control Access tothe computer who would make certain that information innocently offered by a Security investigator by the citizen or neighbor on drinking habits for example might not be use for another and damaging Pur pose Miller asserted that Protection from the computer must begin Ais gathered. The key is appropriate limitations on input he said rather than develop ment or Legal remedies suggested that information gathered without specific con Gressional authorization should be denied storage space in the computer Ion to be lost to Man s memo he also suggested that until risks Are better known the computer be restricted to fact rather than evaluations. Dialogues such As the one a Chicago eventually May Lead to a set of rules for using compute Refactor. The Issue is not off in 1984, As some still believe outright under Man s nose. The broader effects of these conferences could also clarify related example How much information by what right do private , such As credit bureaus build secret and some times inaccurate files that might damage a person s ability to but ?22sking?ack i ,?f1vll1r hs105mm artillery piece right in t get Ting his warmed up for the baseball Sheu casing just fired from the Marin season. He s throwing aside an empty base at Khe Sank. A photo . Sharply disappointed South lets fail to follow up9 by John m. Fulg Tower Washington a .officials have been sharply Dis appointed by South Vietnam failure to launch fast follow up attacks on communist Force weakened by severe losses Dur ing their offensive against South vietnamese cities. The Viet Cong according toll the information available Here is now working through much of the Countryside of South Vietnam to press new recruits into service and to train and reorganize units for further offensive operations. For the time being they Are considered vulnerable to vigorous military action by South vietnamese , Johnson administration authorities speak Only Goodof the South vietnamese allies and Are usually Quick to Den critical reports. In the present Case however officials privately Don t conceal their concern about the Lack so far of powerful follow up situation is acute for two reasons 1. President Johnson will have to decide in a few Days after hearing reports from chairman Earle g. Wheeler of the joint chiefs of staff whether to sen another 100,000 or so american troops to South Vietnam beyond the 525,000 Force level already scheduled. 2. The conflict has entered Avery critical and possibly Deci Sive phase. The new phase opened at the end of january with coordinated communist at tacks on 100 South vietnamese communities. The communists have declared this is a drive to win decisive victories and it will certainly have a vital effect on the War s future and the . Com Mander in South Vietnam c. Westmoreland both have claimed that in the first wave of the offensive against the cities the enemy suffered Complete military defeat. There is no doubt that the vietc9ng and cooperating North vietnamese forces failed to hold any of the cities and towns the attacked and failed to set off any great political the other hand they seem to have destroyed utterly these purity system and related pacification program in the Village dotted Countryside. And it is there that they Are believed Tobe Healing their wounds. A Clear hint of what the United states would like South Viet namese forces to do came from a state department policymaker assistant Secretary of state William p. Bundy in a Broad cast interview sunday. Bundy said if the Saigon govern ment can get out there aggressively and act and catch Cheviet Cong with their forces depleted in the open then that could be a major but Bundy said if the pc can rebuild and reorganize it would t be so european edition col James w. Campbell Usa. Editor in chief it. Col. F. & Michael jr., u8af. Deputy editor in chief Elmer d. Frank. Manao Henry 8. Epstein. .yy,y.y.y" manager an unofficial newspaper of and for the . Armed Force published by the commander in chief . European command and printed Dally at Darmstadt Germany. Military address Tho stars and stripes Apo 09176. International mall. T ?ta.,ld�splpe" Poa Faeh 1034, 81-Darmstadt. Germany. Tel or Eshelm Alp strip prefix 2376 741. Tele. 0419-332. Newyork office my Washington 8t, new York 10014, Teu a code 21 620-6771. Second class postage paid at new York . The appearance of display and Vertue menu in this newspaper concerning commercial publications does not constitute an endorsement by the department of defense or any of its components. I uth a Wpm of a society in a the. To know u a a wished and president Lyndon b. Johnb a

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