Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We Can Misuse It; It's Just They Can't

Whispers on why NATGRID, combined complex databases to mine and monitor presumably Islamic terrorists, but really everyone's, spending and traveling habits to gather intelligence to prevent or help prosecute terrorists, is stuck in Cabinet meeting:
Highly placed sources said the main objections raised at the meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, revolved around the need to put in place a more elaborate safety mechanism for upholding the privacy of citizens. But discussions veered around to the political scenario in which a United Progressive Alliance regime might no longer be in power and in which the informational opportunities provided by Natgrid could possibly be misused by another ruling party.

Come to think of it, it's almost impossible to mine and monitor transactions of several tens of crore people to track a few unknown Islamic terrorists, but it's easy to monitor bank transactions of a few hundred known MPs and ministers, both at center and state level. No wonder the most corrupt party in Indian politics is so worried about NATGRID coming alive.

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