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What does a successful surveillance strategy look like?

When it comes to technology and security, politicians are caught between a dream and a nightmare

By Tom Chatfield  

Police officers stand in front of a house in which two terror suspects were shot on 15th January 2015 in Verviers, Belgium ©OLIVER BERG/dpa

Yesterday’s headlines give a pretty good idea of what a successful surveillance strategy looks like: “Two dead in Belgium as police foil ‘grand scale’ terrorist plot”, “Belgium Thwarts Terror Plot.” When information is accurate, timely and actionable, it can and does save lives.

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