Monday, September 15, 2008

Panopticon highway

In June the House of Commons Home Affairs select committee declared that: "We reject crude characterisations of our society as a surveillance society in which all collections and means of collecting information about citizens are networked and centralised in the service of the state."

It is difficult to square that with today's discovery that all car journeys within the UK are to be logged for five years; or the government's plan to build a central data warehouse to store details of all calls, texts and e-mails. Henry Porter comments:

With parliament dead from the neck up when it comes to issues of liberty, it is difficult to know how the [Automated Number Plate Recognition] surveillance and the equally important proposal to seize data concerning all phone calls, text messages and internet connections, can be resisted. But resist we must if we are to save our free society.

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