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Peers will today demand a drastic curtailing of ‘Big Brother’ surveillance powers.
They will call for reforms to stamp out abuses and to safeguard Britain’s traditions of democracy and privacy.
Their report highlights mounting fears over the growth of the DNA database and the proliferation of CCTV networks.
Some councils have been using the secret spying powers to crack down on dog fouling, littering and families suspected of lying over school admissions.
"There can be no justification for this gradual but incessant creep towards every detail about us being recorded and pored over by the state," committee chairman and Tory peer Lord Goodlad said.
"Ministers have sanctioned a massive increase in surveillance over the last decade, at great cost to the taxpayer, without properly assessing either its effectiveness or taking adequate steps to protect the privacy of perfectly innocent people," said shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve.
Originally posted by Wotan
Where do you get this notion of CCTV cameras EVERYWHERE!
Where I live, there are none along my street, none along my route to work which is 6 miles away. The only CCTV cameras that clock me are when I get to work in the car park and thats because I work in a hospital.
Originally posted by Extralien
Gone are the days of 'God save the Queen', gone are the days of 'die fr your country'...many are now realising that these forms of power and control are out dated and almost medieval.
Full encryption of personal data stored on computers should become the norm, the report urges....
Critics have seized on high-profile losses of personal files by the Government – including the entire child benefit database covering 25million people – as evidence that the state cannot be trusted to safeguard such material.
‘If the public are to trust that information about them is not being improperly used there should be much more openness about what data is collected, by whom and how it is used.’