Edward Snowden has revealed a great deal about how the daily lives of Americans are monitored by the National Security Agency, but a new generation of technology gives the government and local police forces more power by using publicly available data.
|North Korea apparently assigns a score to each of its citizens depending on how large of a threat to the regime each is perceived to be. The United States of America now employs a similar scheme using the latest technology. The U.S. system, being capitalist, depends on outsourcing to creative private entrepreneurs rather than the government to develop the appropriate software and no doubt generate profits from assessing the Threat Scores of citizens. The government and local police role will be to buy such software and employ it as part of their work, especially in responding to 911 calls.|
Accessed through any browser (fixed or mobile) on any Internet-enabled device including tablets, smartphones, laptop and desktop computers, Beware® from Intrado searches, sorts and scores billions of publically-available commercial records in a matter of seconds - alerting responders to potentially dangerous situations while en route to, or at the location of, a 9-1-1 request for assistance. Intrado Beware® is a tool to help first responders understand the nature of the environment they may encounter during the window of a 9-1-1 event. It augments established protocols and procedures used by public safety personnel and presents data in a way that is typically unavailable to the first responder, helping them to be better prepared to render aid in response to an emergency situation.As the description points out, the data it mines is publicly available, so it is not doing any illegal snooping. It uses all this data to assign a Threat Score.