Canadian authorities are using databases to track ‘at risk’ individuals.
CANADA (Next Media) – According to a Motherboard investigation, Canadian authorities are using a shared database called ‘The Risk-driven Tracking Database’ or RTD to track ‘at risk’ individuals.
The RTD is part of a larger Canadian pre-crime policing network called ‘The Hub’ that partners law enforcement, school staff, social workers, healthcare workers and local governments.
Police and civilian agencies can access this database to gather information of individuals believed to be at risk, which includes people living in dangerous neighborhoods and those who could become criminals or victims, allowing them to intervene in case of emergencies.
Individuals are registered into the RTD if local authorities report abnormal behavior to The Hub. This data can then be used to request intervention from other law enforcement agencies or institutions.
Authorities can input an individual’s sex, location and age group including other ‘risk factors’ such as mental health, criminal involvement, negative behavior and physical health status.
Currently, there are only two RTDs, one in Ontario and the other in Saskatchewan. However, according to the Correctional Service of Canada, there are roughly 100 active Hubs in the country as of 2016.