Why we should keep an eye on those who are watching us

by Peter Tatchell
Like millions of other viewers, I was gripped last night by the latest plot twists in BBC1’s thriller series The Last Enemy, which depicts the dystopian future of a complete surveillance society, where everyone is data-based, ID-carded and CCTV-monitored 24/7. It is Big Brother writ-large, with all-pervasive remote sensors, facial recognition software, iris scans, vehicle tracking and eavesdropping.Through an integrated Total Information Awareness surveillance system, state agents can know almost everything about everyone at the tap of a keyboard: their movements, purchases, emails and phone calls – even their diet, income and house value.

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