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Using security data to prevent terrorism

Aug 1, 2010
Recent security news is causing a level of heightened surveillance within the United Kingdom. Events in localities scattered around the world, and especially within Europe are causing concerns about the safety of the population. It is also providing the government with an increased desire to monitor everyday communications, in the hope of finding terrorist chatter.

In association with the other ‘Five Eyes’ nations, the British government is intercepting phone and email communications in unthinkable quantities, in order to analyse the contents, so that terrorist incidents do not occur within these countries.

The population as a whole are generally not to concerned by this invasion of their privacy. A smaller sector of society, are highly concerned about this surveillance, and take active steps to avoid this monitoring. Some of this smaller concerned sector, have reason to be worried, as they are possibly involved in illegal activities. Others, do not like the government to be watching their every move, both online and with closed circuit televisions cameras.

With ongoing terrorist incidents occurring around the United Kingdom, the potential for an attack is increasing. The security services within Britain, have been very proactive in detecting possible threats. Through various means of monitoring and analysis, these government departments have been able sift through the mountain of data, and have managed to stop several potential local attacks.

With the imminent departure of the United Kingdom, from the European Union, the security implications for terrorist detection must be of some concern. Both the border protection and the data analysis departments of the Civil Service, must disturbed about the information gathering and sharing arrangements, once the Brexit has occurred.

The security news that might be shared by European security services, may be affected by the Brexit. The United Kingdom government, may need to rely on non-European sources of information, to confirm whether a situation is viable. As European governments change, with their political allegiances changing according to who wins elections, the information they are willing to share with a non-European country like Britain, may also adjust.

Whether information is about the local population, or about activities and incidents throughout the world, the United Kingdom security services want to be able to analyse the data. If the information is able to stop terrorist attacks on British soil, the data acquisition may be worthwhile. However, if data about United Kingdom citizens is leaked, and terrorist attacks are able to occur, then the Government may have to answer some very difficult questions about British security.
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