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Quoting DrKJam (drkjam at eircom.net):
> I was at Gatwick this evening coming back to Dublin. I'm going through
> Customs into the duty free section when the official checking my
> boarding pass tells me to look up at the camera. Hmmmmmm... I think -
> odd! And then as you are nearing the gate, another security guy asks for
> your boarding pass which has a nice little barcode on the back which he
> scans. As you walk past you notice that the picture of you taken earlier
> is up on screen.
>> How long has this been going on? I thought going to the US was a no-no
> but good ol' big brother across the water is linking together your name,
> pictures of you (plus I'm assuming credit card details from the airline
> you used etc, etc, etc).
That seems a very fair bet. Between the commercial interests, national
governments, and spook agencies in question, it seems dead-certain that
all of them have decided that they positively adore accumulating data,
correlating it with everything on earth, and then squirreling it away
forever -- accurate or not, and accountable to nobody.
> Also questions come quickly such as how long do they store that data,
> how is it being stored, who else are they sharing it with, is anyone
> being told that they are doing it, were those people consulted etc etc
> etc etc
If you think some accountability can be introduced, by all means please
do press for it!
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