It’s been almost a month since the government’s metadata retention policy came into force, and now the government is advertising for analysts to actually work out what all that data means. A tipster sent us this job advertisement for “telecommunications intell analysts”, which requires “telecoms/metadata expertise”. According to the advertisement, the roles are advertised on a “contract/temp” basis, but it also says that a “permanent transfer” is required. The advertisement is quite a read:

It seems that analysts will not only be asked to look at what metadata shows has happened (e.g. what was on the envelope), but use the metadata to make predictions (e.g. what will be on an envelope in the future): “As an Analyst you will be required to prepare high-quality intelligence products for senior executives and ministers to brief on both historical and predictive matters.”

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