Back in May 2017, I predicted that the police would be doing just that – predicting. I warned that Britain already has a reputation for deploying the most intrusive surveillance systems against its own people in the Western world. I warned that our civil liberties are being systematically dismantled, driven through the false narrative of security.
- UK police are investing millions in a new predictive pre-crime system, the National Data Analytics System
- The system will access police databases, social services, and even the NHS and schools
- Every citizen would risk being monitored, judged and having our lives intruded upon by the Police
- Largest British law enforcement system threatens civil liberties handing massive power to the state
I also warned that police departments around the world are partnering with private companies to use public data, personal information and algorithms to predict where illegal actions are most likely to occur and, crucially, who is most likely to commit them.
In an article I wrote warning of all these coming intrusions, there was also a review of a documentary film that focused on pre-crime technology.
“There are predictive police programs in Fresno, Philadelphia, Chicago, and in Kent and London featured in the film. Are these all pilot programs? And the chilling answer from the director of the documentary “Not any longer. Kent’s program is 4 years old.”
From Big Brother Watch comes the official news that UK police are now investing heavily in pre-crime and predictive systems.
UK police are investing millions in a new predictive system, the National Data Analytics System (NDAS), which will analyse vast quantities of data from police databases, social services, and even the NHS and schools in order to predict who is likely to commit crimes, despite serious concerns over profiling, ‘the potential reversal of the presumption of innocence’, and the impact of ‘inaccurate prediction’.
Our Director, Silkie Carlo, said:
“This would be a remarkable change in policing. Every one of us would risk being monitored, judged and having our lives intruded upon.
“Predictive policing conflicts with the presumption of innocence that our justice system is built on and invites authorities to keep tabs on innocent citizens.