Cops Use Database To Follow Reporter Critical Of Photo Cameras
from the misuses-indeed dept
There’s been plenty of talk about all of the various databases that the government wants to build, tying together all kinds of information to better determine what your terrorist quotient might be. Obviously, the idea of being able to better link up information to set off alerts is intriguing, but the big downside is that such databases are often open to serious misuse by those who have access to them. That seems to be exactly what happened up in Canada, where a police officer who was unhappy with a columnist criticizing a speed camera plan, looked up that columnists information, and basically told a bunch of traffic cops to look for his car and to try to bust him on a drunk driving ticket after they saw him at a bar. Having the police specifically target someone they don’t like, using a database to get that info is exactly the problem people are worried about.