12 November 2010

Big Brother will soon be watching you

There is a scary report in yesterday’s Guardian. The paper’s home affairs editor summarizes a recent study by the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN), which was requested by the Commons Home Affairs Committee. Apparently the study highlights among other things
  • new trends in workplace monitoring, including CCTV to monitor teachers’ performance and modified iPhones that enable a Japanese company to monitor the activities of their cleaners
  • the increasing use of unmanned drones by the Police to carry out covert surveillance
  • Britain’s e-Borders programme, which maintains records of all our journeys overseas
It all goes to reinforce the warnings of a previous study by the same body which led the previous information commissioner to warn that Britain was ‘sleepwalking into a surveillance society’.

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