[NetBehaviour] MI5 seeks powers to trawl records in new terror hunt.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Mar 17 02:29:08 CET 2008
MI5 seeks powers to trawl records in new terror hunt.
Counter-terrorism experts call it a 'force multiplier': an attack
combining slaughter and electronic chaos. Now Britain's security
services want total access to commuters' travel records to help them
meet the threat
The Oyster card, an RFID single-swipe card (which was recently cracked),
was introduced to London's public transport users purportedly to make
their lives easier. Now, British Intelligence services want some of the
benefits by trawling through the travel data amassed by the card to spy
on the 17 million Britons who use it. The article notes, "Currently the
security services can demand the Oyster records of specific individuals
under investigation to establish where they have been, but cannot trawl
the whole database. But supporters of calls for more sharing of data
argue that apparently trivial snippets; like the journeys an individual
makes around the capital, could become important pieces of the jigsaw
when fitted into a pattern of other publicly held information on an
individual's movements, habits, education and other personal details.
That could lead, they argue, to the unmasking of otherwise undetected
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