Charleston Police Department
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Data requests by the government

In my quest to find out what the government knows about its citizens, I found a large number of organisations and databases that I did not know that they existed. Mapping those databases is a time consuming task, that will keep me busy for some time. But certainly the government does not host al data itself. Many of our personal data collected by companies and the digital trail that we leave on the Internet is also of interest.

Whether you are playing Angry Birds, are making a phone call or travelling with your OV transport chip card, your data wil be collected in some kind of database that you cannot access. These are a valuable source for intelligence services.

Interested? Read more in the Dutch version of this blog.