Concern about Matrix, a multi-state effort to enhance information available for homeland security, is nothing new. This privacy watch site has been monitoring it for months. I have mentioned it here on several occasions. It looks like members of the Utah legislature are now taking notice. Here is a quote from one Senator in a lengthy article in this morning's Deseret News:
"It certainly sounds like Big Brother to me, a paranoia that government wants to know what all the people are doing because government knows best."
Verdi White takes a practical approach (quoted in the Deseret News):
"We will evaluate this and see if it does have value, if we are able to interdict a crime or apprehend an abducted child. If it does have value, we will go to the Legislature and see if they want to participate in it."
Utah's participation currently is only as part of a federally-funded pilot project at this point in time.