Security data project to combat terrorism

Thursday, 29 May 2003, 4:29 PM EST

The government is developing an IT project to pull together intelligence data from security agencies to help counter terrorism, vnunet.com's sister title Computing has revealed.

The multimillion-pound Scope programme is being run by the Cabinet Office Intelligence and Security Secretariat.

The top-secret project will develop mechanisms for sharing information between nine government departments and agencies, including MI5 and MI6.

Potential technology suppliers were given the first briefing earlier this month. The government asked interested companies to respond to a questionnaire, but only after signing a secrecy agreement.

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