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"Big Brother" at work
Rise Of The Machines &
The Future Of Surveillance
Nov 3rd, 2006 8:06 PM
Machines rather than people could soon be running Britain because the country has sleepwalked into a surveillance society, the Government's privacy watchdog warned today.
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas delivered the alarming warning as fears grow over the explosion in technology used to monitor individuals.
"There are dangers to our privacy, our autonomy, the more the information is converged together," he said.
Stressing the threat came from government as well as private companies, he added: "We have got to make sure there is full accountability and that people don't go too far and really undermine our fundamental rights and our integrity as individuals. Humans must dictate our future, not machines."