Originally posted by mr-lizard
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that police hold intelligence records of millions of people who have not been charged or convicted of any crime. The disclosures show that around 14m Metropolitan police intelligence reports and 38m from other forces, gathered routinely because they may prove useful, are being made available to all police agencies on the Police National Database (PND).
These records are for a variety of different reasons associates of criminals, allegations of crimes, victims of sexual or domestic abuse and people who have attended demonstrations.
Are innocent people being criminalised? Is it right for innocent people to have their data/images/details stored by the police for no good reason?
Is this the shape of things to come?
The Met intelligence files includes details about protesters who have attended demonstrations, unconvicted "persons of interest", associates of criminals, including lists of phone numbers stored on perpetrators' phones, allegations of crimes, and victims of sexual or domestic abuse. The database also contains almost 40,000 images.
Big brother or just playing to caution?
You say the shape of things to come, but this is in full swing and has been for some time. I was subjected to being photographed by a police woman hanging out of a helicopter while at a free party (rave) as far back as 2000. I remember being photographed at a protest rally in 2004 that I only went to because my girlfriend wanted to go (some anti bp or Exxon thing).
This is a clear and present danger. The police hold info on us. Our faces and the fact that we have (what they consider to be) antisocial behaviors.
You aren't free to have a bit of fun without ending up on a list
edit on 21-8-2012 by Lagrimas because: (no reason given)