Your shopping habits could label you a terrorist

A warning that
new access for Europol to personal data could lead to individuals being
labelled as terror suspects based on hearsay or records of their shopping
habits. 

The warning, from
the head of the European Data Protection supervisor, comes amid moves to allow
the EU police agency to process so-called “soft data” in search of
relevant information for its criminal investigations. 

Peter Hustinx
said that moves to give Europol the power to gather intelligence on
“people who have not (yet) committed a crime” are without privacy
safeguards.

He told The Daily
Telegraph
: “The proposal does not specify what data could be used in
criminal investigations. It could be everything. It could be a vital detail
such as an insurance company about a stolen car. But it could also be soft
data, behavioural data.” 

The information
could include statements of hearsay given to a local police force or data on
personal shopping habits from a supermarket loyalty card, he said.

Under the new
Europol rules, expected to be agreed by governments later this year, people
will be unable to find out what information is held on them unless all
27 EU police forces unanimously grant permission. 

He said that
individuals could easily be identified as suspects, giving the example of
someone seen standing next to a terror suspect at a bus stop and becoming
labelled “a facilitator for terrorism”.


This comes despite assurances from a succession Ministers in the UK that our data will not be shared with anyone else.

Whatever they tell you today, you can be sure it will be used for something different tomorrow.

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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