Panel: Utah Should Get Out of the Matrix

Panel: Utah Should Get Out of the Matrix

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah should get out of a Big Brother-like terror and crime database unless the state can be assured the project gets adequate oversight from elected officials.

That was the recommendation today from a seven-member panel appointed by Governor Olene Walker.

Matrix stands for Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange.

Governor Walker appointed the Matrix Review Committee after suspending Utah's participation in the multistate crime database sponsored by Florida. In the program, Utah law enforcement would combine some of its own databases with the national program.

The panel made its recommendation today then voted to disband. But some questions remain. The panel was unable to decide what adequate oversight means, leaving that decision to the Utah Legislature.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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