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ALSO CALLED: Datamining, Analytics, Data Dredging, Database Analytics, Datamine, Data-mining
DEFINITION: Hancock is a C-based programming language developed by AT&T specifically for data mining telephone and Internet records. AT&T's software is used to discover what the company calls "communities of interest" -- social networks of people who call each other. The software was developed in the late 1990s for lead generation and to detect customer fraud. For example, if a new account is linked  … 
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DATA MINING DEFINITION (continued): …  to the same phone numbers that a disconnected user called, the suspicion may be that the customer has fraudulently obtained service without paying an outstanding bill.According to a 2004 paper published in ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems, AT&T's programs mine calling card and long distance records, IP addresses and Internet traffic dumps. The paper also reports that Hancock makes it possible to track the movements of mobile users as they move from one cell to another. A number of issues have arisen over the threat such data mining poses to customer privacy. In October, 2007, … 

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