Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Data Storage Could Expand Reach of Surveillance

Shane, Scott. "Data Storage Could Expand Reach of Surveillance." The New York Times, August 14, 2012.

From the article: "Government at every level is experimenting with sophisticated surveillance equipment whose capabilities are improving as rapidly as every other kind of electronic technology…. Not so long ago, even the most aggressive government surveillance had to be selective: the cost of data storage was too high and the capacity too low to keep everything. Not anymore. … And there is plenty of data to store. The average person today leaves an electronic trail unimaginable 20 years ago — visiting Web sites, sending e-mails and text messages, using credit cards, passing before a proliferating network of public and private video cameras and carrying a cellphone that reports a person’s location every minute of the day." Read more