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FRESNO, Calif. — While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report.
The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning.
“This is something that’s been building since September 11,” said Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “First funding went to the military to develop this technology, and now it has come back to domestic law enforcement. It’s the perfect storm of cheaper and easier-to-use technologies and money from state and federal governments to purchase it.”
Councilman Clinton J. Olivier, a libertarian-leaning Republican, said Beware was like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel and asked Dyer a simple question: “Could you run my threat level now?”
Dyer agreed. The scan returned Olivier as a green, but his home came back as a yellow, possibly because of someone who previously lived at his address, a police official said.
“Even though it’s not me that’s the yellow guy, your officers are going to treat whoever comes out of that house in his boxer shorts as the yellow guy,” Olivier said. “That may not be fair to me.”
He added later: “[Beware] has failed right here with a council member as the example.”
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” ― George Orwell, 1984
originally posted by: Eilasvaleleyn
a reply to: greencmp
That statement was, as is probably honest, mostly sarcastic. However, I do believe GUNS have the potential to stop this stuff from happening. Stop the runaway government spying.
I just do not have any faith whatsoever that they will actually be used that way. For a lot of people, the constitution seems to start and stop at the second amendment. Guns are there to protect your right to have guns.
That's right. Everything you've ever done, especially on the internet, will now be used, pre-warrant, as a way of assessing your 'threat level'.