I had a discussion with a non-political person who had been reading The Gurnard‘s articles on the GCSB rather too much. He was railing against the supposed surveillance society we were now facing living under.
I asked him if he thought he wasn’t under surveillance now. Then proceeded to tell him exactly what happens around the world, particularly with regard to money laundering detection and criminal networks. He had no idea that his credit card companies have comprehensive velocity checking and fraud detection algorithms, that the banks now do the same here, and definitely overseas…and it has nothing to do with the GCSB, who quite frankly are not interested in a software company owner having a holiday in the Adriatic sea. I asked, did he not want his banks and finance companies to use technology to protect him from criminals?
Honestly the media are creating “end of democracy” scenarios and scaring silly people who are easily scared.
However, there is a need to look at extra surveillance, and here is why.
Globalised organised crime is pushing hard into Australia and New Zealand, stretching the ability of law agencies to keep pace with syndicates now also threatening national security. Read more »