That being said... I'm amazed at how many people think there's some huge government conspiracy out to get them when they can't get simple stuff like this right. Sure, they can listen in on all cell phone calls... but they can't keep a list properly?
Do you really want to be in such a database when they incorrectly flag people as felons in this one, a database not built to sift for any indication of criminal behavior?
The Washington Posts reports that the Social Security Administration has agreed to pay more than $500 million in back benefits to more than 80,000 recipients whose benefits were unfairly denied after they were flagged by a federal computer program designed to catch serious criminals.
How would you feel about the phone database or the Folsom Street secret room if they released numbers like this for the false positives there? Incompetence doesn't make the action not evil, and in cases like these, it can compound the offense.
I'm still waiting for the advent of the computer science groupie.