TAMI/End-to-End Semantic Accountability

Scenario 11 - Fusion Center

K. Krasnow Waterman

4 June 2008


This scenario contains real places and organizations. The people and events are fictitious but based loosely on an array of news stories from multiple countries. The scenario was created to highlight certain specific technology challenges and capabilities for accountability appliances.

Scenario Summary

Private data: A man in a vehicle was observed apparently taking photographs of security guards at a private nuclear power plant. One of the security guards took photographs of the man and his car and turned them over to the local police. The photographs provide a clear picture of the vehicle and most of its license plate, but a blurry photo of the man.

State data: The local police looked up the license plate and then ran the owner's name in NCIC; the owner was a twice-convicted arsonist. The local police then looked up the owner's drivers license. Because the security guard photo was blurry it was not possible to match the drivers license photo; however, there was nothing in the drivers license photo that ruled out a match. The local police opened a criminal case investigation and created an ISE-SAR with all of the above information. The ISE-SAR is available to other local and federal agencies through the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX).

Federal data: The local officer asks the ISE Alert system to notify him if anyone anywhere else has information about the subject. The ISE Alert system identifies that there is a match in an FBI file.

TAMI's role: TAMI determines whether the relevant rules permit the data to be shared automatically. This would otherwise be quite challenging because the federal rule says not to release the data if the state rules would permit release of the data to other parties, but Florida has a rule which requires the use of a sender's release rules if those are more restrictive than Florida's release rules. In Scenario A, TAMI concludes that, under the circumstances, the Florida Sunshine Law is equally restrictive as the FBI's rules and so the data may be shared. In Scenario B, TAMI concludes that, under the circumstances, the Florida Sunshine Law is less restrictive than the FBI rule (would permit release of data upon request), so the data may still be shared, but the FBI rule must travel with the data and be honored by Florida. In Scenario C, the local police decide to create an alert for distribution to private security professionals and TAMI determines whether information excerpted from the FBI alert can be included.


K. Krasnow Waterman
4 June 2008