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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Meet Jack. Or, What The Government Could Do With All That Location Data

Comment: Factor in brainwave data for psycho-phsysiological profiling and Synthetic Environments for Analysis and Simulation and the picture below might be approaching the kind of technology the NSA has at its fingertips. 


Jay Stanley 

We now know that the NSA is collecting location information en masse. As we’ve long said, location data is an extremely powerful set of information about people. To flesh out why that is true, here is the kind of future memo that we fear may someday soon be uncovered:


Dear commissioner:

Now that we have finalized our systems for the acquisition and processing of Americans’ location data (using data from cell phone and license plate readers as well as other sources), I wanted to give you a quick taste of our new system’s capabilities in the domestic policing context.

As you can see in this screen shot from our new application, an individual by the name of Jack R. Benjamin yesterday was flagged as a potential DUI risk:

 First, before we look into that alert, the system lets us quickly access a variety of background information about our subject. To start with of course, we can easily see Mr. Benjamin’s movements throughout the course of the day:

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