Police have no business knowing where we travel

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Lucy D’Orsi, the head of the British Transport Police, clearly belongs to the “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear” school of police leaders when it comes to privacy. How else to explain her bizarre rationale for demanding new powers to access travel data, to track “suspicious” rail passengers and monitor anyone who spends hours on the railway network “in case they are pickpockets or sex offenders”?

The case examples she offers for being given sweeping powers to pry into people’s personal travel habits don’t exactly inspire confidence. She told Policing TV: “An example I gave recently is somebody who’s travelling the [London] Underground for six hours . . . Why is that? Possibly vulnerable, possibly a pickpocket, possibly a predatory

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