For many years we've discussed why simply collecting more data for the purposes of surveillance is a bad idea. It means investigators end up wasting a lot more time, rather than focusing in on the real issues. They work harder, not smarter. Over at Wired News, Jennifer Granick is arguing persuasively about recent efforts to automate mass surveillance, and how it will actually make the job of stopping criminals and terrorists more difficult, by simply adding to the load. For proof, just look at new reports from FBI officials saying that the NSA has been dumping so much useless data on them that it's taken them away from useful investigations. We all want to keep this country safe, but it's important to realize the unintended consequences of simply adding to the data load, rather than setting up systems to be much smarter.
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