Big data, bigger brother: The rise of James Bond, data scientist

The ability to analyse data is becoming just as important as more traditional trade craft. Image: iStock Previously confidential documents have shed light on just how much data the UK’s intelligence services have been sifting through for over a decade. The types of data gathered by the intelligence services are wide ranging – Privacy International which revealed the documents said the agencies had the potential to requisition medical records and confidential information shared with a doctor, travel records, financial records, population data, commercial data, and feeds from internet and phone companies including billing data or subscriber details, content of communications and records from government departments. The agencies use this data to spot individuals of interest who might otherwise remain invisible. The agencies argue that these legally-acquired databases of ‘bulk personal…

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