Too much data ruins the investigation, every time.
Between DNA databases, mandatory fingerprinting for visa seekers, CCTV carpet-bombing, and Oyster card data, we’ve never collected more „security” information than we do today. But does this really make us secure? Is it possible to know too much?Cory Doctorow: Surveillance: You can know too much
Outside of dramatically failed experiments like the Soviet Union and East Germany, policing has never been a business of gathering data on every single person and arresting the guilty ones. This doesn’t catch guilty people, it ensnares the innocent and acts as a kind of monetary black hole, absorbing all the cash we can toss into it, growing larger and more voracious by the day.