Dubbed Karma Police, the project was launched in 2009, without telling Parliament or the great unwashed.
According to documents published by The Intercept, the explicit intention of correlating “every user visible to passive SIGINT with every website they visit, hence providing either (a) a web browsing profile for every visible user on the Internet, or (b) a user profile for every visible website on the Internet”.
You should be especially worked up if you visited Cryptome.org or pornography site RedTube as its users were flagged for special attention.
The spooks also had another project called Blazing Saddles which targeted listeners of “any one particular radio station … to understand any trends or behaviours”.
The aim of the programmes was to test a wealth of data mining techniques could be applied on small closed groups of individuals, to look for potential covert communications channels for hostile intelligence agencies running agents in allied countries, terrorist cells, or serious crime targets.