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Britain becoming a Big Brother society, says data watchdog
By Sophie Goodchild
Published: 29 April 2007
Britain is in danger of "committing slow social suicide" as such Big Brother techniques as surveillance cameras and recording equipment spread into every aspect of our lives, the nation's information watchdog will warn this week.
A new report from Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, will say that the public needs to be made more aware of the "creeping encroachment" on civil.....
Originally posted by Chonx
Ok, think you americans have taken this a bit far...
I live in Plymouth in the UK and its no where near as bad as your making it out to be. YES there are quite a few cameras in the city centres but literally, they're only in dense concentrations there. I think what may have happened is that whoever compiled these figures has included traffic light cameras (which only activate when someone runs a red light) and speed cameras (which only activate when someone is 10% over the speed limit for that area.
The UK is definately not a police state, in fact that notion is pretty laughable to me.
Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.
The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts - from dropping litter to late-night brawls - to send out a verbal warning: 'We are watching you'.
Using recordings of children's voices will make it harder for those in opposition to the surveillance society to be defiant of the talking cameras. Moonies and rude gestures will most definitely be a no-no.
Children will be recruited from schools to take part in the scheme and will be shown round CCTV operating rooms on school trips, learning how wonderful the big brother state is and how forcing people to behave in a certain way in public is the essence of a free society.
The use of children's voices to control adult behaviour is all out psychological warfare when you consider that it constitutes a total reversal of social norms. The government knows this full well and justifies it by suggesting that some people in the UK are now so devoid of morality that there is no way of setting that right other than by ritualistic public isolation and humiliation.
The United Kingdom has also announced a contest, inviting children to compete to become the "voice of respect." The children will take part in a campaign to remind adults to be respectful, according to information from the Home Office. - www.informationweek.com...
Originally posted by CaptainLazy
I don't get it. Why do you guys care so much about being on a camera? Genuine question.
I guess it's no big deal to me because the only cameras I see are just businesses protecting they're outlets. I don't live in a big city.