British the most spied-on people in western world

BRITISH people are now more spied upon by their political leaders than any other population in the free world, according to an official report.

The linkage of databases and surveillance systems mean people are now having their movements tracked, habits profiled and photograph taken hundreds of times a day. The findings, in a report compiled on behalf of Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, raised concerns that Britain is “waking up in a surveillance society”.

Thomas said: “Many of these schemes are public sector driven, and the individual has no choice over whether or not to take part. People are being scrutinized and having their lives tracked, and are not even aware of it.

“They don’t know, for instance, that a record is kept of every Internet site they visit. They don’t realize that when identity cards come in, there will be a record of their movements and every time they have engaged with any public service.”

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26 Responses to “British the most spied-on people in western world

  • However, one can always count on bureaucracy to muck things up, no?

  • I wonder how long it will take till they burry the story.

  • I wonder how long it will take till they burry the story.

  • Its took the British media 2 days to pick up on this story,its now the top story on Ceefax,Teletext and Sky Text and also been mentioned on breakfast tv.

  • Its took the British media 2 days to pick up on this story,its now the top story on Ceefax,Teletext and Sky Text and also been mentioned on breakfast tv.

  • Cameras are useful but when you put them in pubs,restaurants and other more private places,then it isn’t good.
    Cameras should be more in the really dangerous places,prone for violence and related.

  • Cameras are useful but when you put them in pubs,restaurants and other more private places,then it isn’t good.
    Cameras should be more in the really dangerous places,prone for violence and related.

  • The problem is that in Chesterfield it is not stopping the trouble,there is aggro every thursday through til sunday,it just doesn’t make a dofference.And the other problem is that the cameras are all in the town centre,and not on the estates where trouble will occur.Thats what pisses me off.

  • The problem is that in Chesterfield it is not stopping the trouble,there is aggro every thursday through til sunday,it just doesn’t make a dofference.And the other problem is that the cameras are all in the town centre,and not on the estates where trouble will occur.Thats what pisses me off.

  • Forgot to say, when I walk down the street I don’t look at the cameras and think I am being watched. I get on with my everyday life, doing exactly what I do every other day. They just happen to be there. So what if they see I have not got a good dress sense, or I have not brushed my hair that morning, I really don’t care. As far as I am concerned if those cameras reduce crime or at least go some way into catching offenders then it can only be a good thing.

    Did you see on Crimewatch earlier this year a worker who monitored a towns CCTV spotted a man abducting a woman and dragging her into bushes. Had he not seen this and immediately reported to police, she would have been raped and possibly murdered. As it turned out, the police arrived in time. You see people do not realise how much cameras go towards helping this sort of thing.

  • Forgot to say, when I walk down the street I don’t look at the cameras and think I am being watched. I get on with my everyday life, doing exactly what I do every other day. They just happen to be there. So what if they see I have not got a good dress sense, or I have not brushed my hair that morning, I really don’t care. As far as I am concerned if those cameras reduce crime or at least go some way into catching offenders then it can only be a good thing.

    Did you see on Crimewatch earlier this year a worker who monitored a towns CCTV spotted a man abducting a woman and dragging her into bushes. Had he not seen this and immediately reported to police, she would have been raped and possibly murdered. As it turned out, the police arrived in time. You see people do not realise how much cameras go towards helping this sort of thing.

  • I don’t mind it. I may end up being mugged but I feel better in the knowledge that the perpetrator will be caught on camera.

  • I don’t mind it. I may end up being mugged but I feel better in the knowledge that the perpetrator will be caught on camera.

  • Lol!Thanks Dave.
    People who really believe in freedom and rights and people,never get too far if they hit the politics.
    There will always be someone to stop you or make you change your mind….or to corrupt you.

  • Lol!Thanks Dave.
    People who really believe in freedom and rights and people,never get too far if they hit the politics.
    There will always be someone to stop you or make you change your mind….or to corrupt you.

  • Carol,I like your style,to say English isn’t your mother tongue,it was a very well written comment.You would make a very good politician,Belgiums answer to Maggie Thatcher or move to the UK and sort this country out.

  • Carol,I like your style,to say English isn’t your mother tongue,it was a very well written comment.You would make a very good politician,Belgiums answer to Maggie Thatcher or move to the UK and sort this country out.

  • Mosh,no offense,i have heard lines like yours over the last two years and as much as i want to bite my tongue and keep it quiet,i just have to say this so bear with me.Hate me or not…..

    Our grandfathers are turning on their grave because we are dumping crap on their blood.

    Have you any idea what they had to do to make it posible for the people to have privacy and the rights they have today?

    Have you any idea how hard they have fought for all those laws to in that damn constitution so they can protect our future?

    They did that for us and we should NEVER ever ignore it, not even for a moment.
    And last but not least…it isn’t about “”nothing to hide have no fear””.
    Is about a state becoming a police state and it’s people loosing their basics rights.

    In the moment the government itself is breaking and changing laws this way ,then things are worse then they appear to be.

    For things like terrorists and other stuff,trust me,they have the resources,people and power to get into it without putting an entire country under surveilance.

    Dave,i have to put the fault on Britain this time because it is their fault for thise data retention thing.When they finished their presidency at the EU,right at the end,they pushed for this to happen.

    Data retention was one reason i started blogging.

    All people should look back into the history books and see how our past has build our future and what it took to be here today.

  • Mosh,no offense,i have heard lines like yours over the last two years and as much as i want to bite my tongue and keep it quiet,i just have to say this so bear with me.Hate me or not…..

    Our grandfathers are turning on their grave because we are dumping crap on their blood.

    Have you any idea what they had to do to make it posible for the people to have privacy and the rights they have today?

    Have you any idea how hard they have fought for all those laws to in that damn constitution so they can protect our future?

    They did that for us and we should NEVER ever ignore it, not even for a moment.
    And last but not least…it isn’t about “”nothing to hide have no fear””.
    Is about a state becoming a police state and it’s people loosing their basics rights.

    In the moment the government itself is breaking and changing laws this way ,then things are worse then they appear to be.

    For things like terrorists and other stuff,trust me,they have the resources,people and power to get into it without putting an entire country under surveilance.

    Dave,i have to put the fault on Britain this time because it is their fault for thise data retention thing.When they finished their presidency at the EU,right at the end,they pushed for this to happen.

    Data retention was one reason i started blogging.

    All people should look back into the history books and see how our past has build our future and what it took to be here today.

  • The media and many liberty groups make a big deal of this, but my view is unless people are breaking the law they have nothing to worry about.

    Why should anyone care if the government is tracking their internet habbits or their travel or any other public activity. No authority is going to do anything with the data if the person is a law abiding person.

    I’m all for more CCTV. CCTV has helped to reduce drinking related incidents in our high street. I live in a rural market town where we have recently encountered problems with youngsters from troubled families causing trouble, even armed robbery. It’s only a matter of time before they are caught by CCTV. I use wireless webcams to monitor activity in my neighborhood as I’m sure do other people.

    Surveillance for the prtection of the public is a good thing. The authorities do not really care what we do in private, they are only interested in the serious stuff like terrorists, child porn, etc.

    No one complains that their banks monitor their credit card transactions. If the beanks didn’t then people would complain when they fall foul of click fraud or credit card cloning. We can’t stop offences such as online fraud without some level of online surveillance for he sake of secure commerce.

    The risks are too high to live without the level of electronic security we have become accustomed to.

  • The media and many liberty groups make a big deal of this, but my view is unless people are breaking the law they have nothing to worry about.

    Why should anyone care if the government is tracking their internet habbits or their travel or any other public activity. No authority is going to do anything with the data if the person is a law abiding person.

    I’m all for more CCTV. CCTV has helped to reduce drinking related incidents in our high street. I live in a rural market town where we have recently encountered problems with youngsters from troubled families causing trouble, even armed robbery. It’s only a matter of time before they are caught by CCTV. I use wireless webcams to monitor activity in my neighborhood as I’m sure do other people.

    Surveillance for the prtection of the public is a good thing. The authorities do not really care what we do in private, they are only interested in the serious stuff like terrorists, child porn, etc.

    No one complains that their banks monitor their credit card transactions. If the beanks didn’t then people would complain when they fall foul of click fraud or credit card cloning. We can’t stop offences such as online fraud without some level of online surveillance for he sake of secure commerce.

    The risks are too high to live without the level of electronic security we have become accustomed to.

  • I agree with everything in the article,you cannot walk anywhere in Chesterfield town centre without seeing a CCTV camera,even on a Sunday morning you can walk down the High Street and you can hear the motor on the CCTV camera on top of the market hall as the camera follows you.
    You can’t even have a drink,without being filmed in most pubs and clubs,even at dinner times.It really is turning into a police state,Big Brother is watching you all the time.

  • I agree with everything in the article,you cannot walk anywhere in Chesterfield town centre without seeing a CCTV camera,even on a Sunday morning you can walk down the High Street and you can hear the motor on the CCTV camera on top of the market hall as the camera follows you.
    You can’t even have a drink,without being filmed in most pubs and clubs,even at dinner times.It really is turning into a police state,Big Brother is watching you all the time.

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