Friday, 1 January 2010

Data collection, terrorism and confusion.

After the recent plane bombing attempt, expect more 'reasons' for the collection, storage and investigation of your personal data. Here is an interesting fact-

After Sept. 11, we Americans indulged our faith in the god of technocracy. We expanded the country’s information-gathering capacities so that the National Security Agency alone now gathers four times more data each day than is contained in the Library of Congress. See the NYT.

As the UK government increases the amount of personal data it keeps on its citizens exponentially, so it makes it more difficult to protect said citizens. Trying to put the personal information of everyone on registers entails huge amounts of time and manpower. And the effect of all this? Well, if you want to find a needle in a haystack, don't increase the size of the haystack.

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