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by Phil Hazlewood 17 minutes ago
LONDON (AFP) - Britain is becoming a "surveillance society", where CCTV cameras, credit card analysis and travel movements are being used to track people's lives minute by minute, a report published suggested..
The 140-page document, produced by academic group the Surveillance Studies Network, warns that by 2016 people's lives will be monitored even more than they are now by the government, the public sector and also big business.
Britain, which has up to 4.2 million CCTV cameras, about one for every 14 people, was ranked as the Western world's leading society where surveillance was "endemic" -- alongside countries such as China and Russia.
By Matthew Jones 53 minutes ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is becoming a surveillance society where individuals are filmed hundreds of times a day by security cameras and where firms "data mine" to build customer profiles, its information commissioner said on Thursday.
Richard Thomas said more and more personal information is being collected both by government agencies and commercial organisations and that people need to be aware of the dangers.
"We are now waking up to a surveillance society. It is not just cameras on the street and things like that -- it is technology monitoring our movements, our activities," Thomas told BBC radio.
"Every time we use a mobile phone, use our credit cards, go online to search on the Internet, go electronic shopping, drive our cars, more and more information is being collected."
Thomas, a government-appointed official who reports to parliament on matters of privacy and public openness, said Britons were leaving an "electronic footprint" and that a debate is needed in order for clear lines to be drawn as to what is acceptable.
Why doesn't anyone protest against them building country sized prisons.
Richard Thomas, who said he raised concerns two years ago, spoke after research found people's actions were increasingly being monitored.
Researchers highlight "dataveillance", the use of credit card, mobile phone and loyalty card information, and CCTV.
Monitoring of work rates, travel and telecommunications is also rising.
Surveillance society - full report
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There are up to 4.2m CCTV cameras in Britain - about one for every 14 people.
But surveillance ranges from US security agencies monitoring telecommunications traffic passing through Britain, to key stroke information used to gauge work rates and GPS information tracking company vehicles, the Report on the Surveillance Society says.
It predicts that by 2016 shoppers could be scanned as they enter stores, schools could bring in cards allowing parents to monitor what their children eat, and jobs may be refused to applicants who are seen as a health risk.[/exe]
This is scary stuff people, especially the key logging, the uSA watching us as well, and big business snooping for all its worth!
Originally posted by kuhl
Yep and on top of this they want to have a register of everyones DNA......looks like the book 1984 was only a 22 years off the mark