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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Illinois State Police to obtain records on how the agency is protecting the privacy of citizens while combing through databases for evidence of crime.

CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Illinois State Police to obtain records on how the agency is protecting the privacy of citizens while combing through databases for evidence of crime. The Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center was created in the wake of 9/11 as a way to better gather and share information at the state, local and national about suspected criminals and criminal activity. The Chicago Tribune reports the ACLU’s concern prompted the organization to make a Freedom of Information Act request in September 2008 seeking documents about the center’s privacy policy, among other things. The ACLU says authorities held back some information, hence the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. State Police spokesman Captain Scott Compton says the agency does not comment on pending litigation. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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