"Beware was like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel."

Big Data used by Police to determine threat of a person


Wed, Jan 13th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Washington Post, police departments are employing Beware, software that uses social media posts, deep web searches and "billions of data points" to determine a person's threat level. While police claim this is helping them make proper decision, civil libertarians warn that these tools created with "little public oversight" have a "potential for abuse or error."

Councilman Clinton J. Olivier, a libertarian-leaning Republican, said Beware was like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel and asked Dyer a simple question: “Could you run my threat level now?”

Dyer agreed. The scan returned Olivier as a green, but his home came back as a yellow, possibly because of someone who previously lived at his address, a police official said.

“Even though it’s not me that’s the yellow guy, your officers are going to treat whoever comes out of that house in his boxer shorts as the yellow guy,” Olivier said. “That may not be fair to me.”



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