UK ex-spy boss all for preemptive surveillance

David Omand, former director of the UK's Government Communications Headquarters, released a study about the need for government-level digital surveillance. Among the more troubling of his statements is his view that "finding out other people's secrets is going to involve breaking everyday moral rules."

His vision of preemptive surveillance includes monitoring of "databases of airline bookings, advance passenger information, financial, telephone, tax, health, passport and biometric records and phone and internet communications."

He is also reported as saying that "sacrificing some privacy is preferable to other ways of boosting security such as altering the criminal law to make it easier to convict." [emphasis is mine]

Src: UK must pry on data to block threats: ex-spy boss | Reuters

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