Surveillance is ‘inescapable’ part of life in Britain

You don’t have to be paranoid any more to believe you are being watched. It is the pretence that you are unobserved that is an act of self-delusion.The assumption that we can no longer lead private lives forms the basis of a withering report on the impact of surveillance on society released by a House of Lords committee today.”Surveillance is an inescapable part of life in the UK,” the peers’ select committee on the constitution laments. “Every time we make a telephone call, send an email, browse the internet, or even walk down our local high street, our actions may be monitored and recorded. rise of CCTV is threat to freedom
The steady expansion of the “surveillance society” risks undermining fundamental freedoms including the right to privacy, according to a House of Lords report published today.The peers say Britain has constructed one of the most extensive and technologically advanced surveillance systems in the world in the name of combating terrorism and crime and improving administrative efficiency.‘We must protect privacy from over-zealous state’
Today’s far-reaching report on surveillance in Britain highlights six crucial areas where the balance between the powers to spy and privacy are under the greatest strain. warn surveillance state is threat to freedom
The vast growth of surveillance and data collection risks undermining freedoms vital to the British way of life, a group of eminent peers is warning today.In a devastating critique of the spiralling use of CCTV, databases and information sharing, they warn that the growth of information collected about every man, woman and child in Britain is a “serious threat” to principles at the heart of the constitution. The Lords Constitution Committee, which includes the former law lord, Lord Woolf, and the former attorney generals, Lord Lyell and Lord Morris of Aberavon, call in a report for new safeguards to prevent government and private databases damaging historic rights to privacy and civil liberties. over ‘surveillance state’
Electronic surveillance and collection of personal data are “pervasive” in British society and threaten to undermine democracy, peers have warned.The proliferation of CCTV cameras and the growth of the DNA database were two examples of threats to privacy, the Lords constitution committee said.

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