Tweespalt | Big Brother Databases

BBC news, 17-10-2008 Wired, 7-10-2008
Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has said the government is prepared to go “quite a long way” with civil liberties to “stop terrorists killing people”.
He was responding to criticism of plans for a database of mobile and web records, saying it was needed because terrorists used such communications.
“Automated identification of terrorists through data mining (or any other known methodology) is neither feasible as an objective nor desirable as a goal of technology development efforts,” the report found. “Even in well-managed programs, such tools are likely to return significant rates of false positives, especially if the tools are highly automated.”

 
In Amerika constateren ze dat de uitspraak “als je zoekt naar een naald in een hooiberg, is het niet slim om de hooiberg te vergroten” steek houdt. In het Verenigd Koninkrijk accepteert de regering dat nog niet.
Maar een vertrekkende hoge ambtenaar gooit op het eiland toch ook de knuppel in het hoenderhok:
We need to take very great care not to fall into a way of life in which freedom’s back is broken by the relentless pressure of a security State.
Technology gives the State enormous powers of access to knowledge and information about each of us, and the ability to collect and store it at will.

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    Ook frappant hoe het toezicht op andere hooischuren wordt verzwakt.

    “Since 2004, F.B.I. officials have warned that mortgage fraud posed a looming threat, and the bureau has repeatedly asked the Bush administration for more money to replenish the ranks of agents handling nonterrorism investigations, according to records and interviews. But each year, the requests have been denied, with no new agents approved for financial crimes, as policy makers focused on counterterrorism.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/19/washington/19fbi.html?_r=1&bl=&ei=5087&en=7c34162074e34513&ex=1224561600&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

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    “…saying it was needed because terrorists used such communications.”

    Terrorists also go to the “plee” very often. Therefor we should also hang the plee ramvol with cameras… so our plees will be safe again!