As you walk down the street you expect to be able to have a private conversation. If you can't guarantee that - and here is someone speaking who has been pretty tough in terms of what should be available to protect society - I believe we have slipped over the edge.
There is an enormous difference between surveilling people in terms of CCTV - where what you see is what anyone can see walking down the road - and actually recording someone's private conversations.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Pigs fly, Blunkett fights for privacy
The chief cheerleader for the surveillance state has now decided that CCTV microphones go too far even for him (via Open Rights Group). The former home secretary told the BBC they were "simply unacceptable" and continued: