The metropolis can be defined in opposition to what lies beyond: the rural, the suburban; the “sticks”.
I wanted to dissolve the boundary between my adopted, urban home and that of my youth.
The committee, which also declined to go into detail about the sacking of staff for the potentially illegal accessing of data, said it was “unavoidable that some innocent communications may have been incidentally collected”.
The MPs said there was a degree of “frustration” that further details of the nature of the datasets could not be revealed but they had accepted the redactions were necessary on grounds of national security.
Illegal interception A number of intelligence staff, described as in “very small single figures”, have been sacked for inappropriate accessing of information.
In 2013, the Americans revealed that US agents had been dismissed for using intelligence systems to track former lovers.
The resource, which is not subject to any legislation, is used to identify suspects and establish links between individuals.
Battered by soul-destroying freelance gigs and a life dictated by transport options, I craved the Essex hinterlands, the marshes, the creeks, the sun reflecting off the mud.
Thinking back, perhaps I was trying to escape a city that had started taking more than it was giving.
Under current rules, such “communications data” should be restricted to just the date and number of a call or a web search, but they are capable of revealing far more – such as a person calling or visiting a medical website or a sex chat line.
New safeguards are needed to ensure such information is not misused.