Big Brother Society Is Bigger Than Ever; New Technology Is 'Undermining Privacy by Stealth'
Byline: Jack Doyle Home Affairs Correspondent
THE march of Britain's 'Surveillance Society' was exposed last night in a devastating report.
Experts warned that a raft of new technologies were intruding ever further into private lives.
And legal protections were struggling to keep up with the 'Big Brother' onslaught, the Surveillance Studies Network said. The academics praised the Coalition for ditching ID cards and some state databases but they identified a string of threats including:
Social networking sites that have 'exponentially' increased their holdings of personal data
Body scanners at airports that invite 'voyeuristic opportunism'
Automatic numberplate recognition cameras
CCTV cameras in schools that measure teacher performance
Aerial police drones that are 'more pervasive than CCTV'
GPS devices that can track the movements of staff such as cleaners to within a few yards
Software that allows users to track their friends but which could be hacked by outsiders
Databases that sort individuals by their ethnicity or social class.
The network's last report - in 2006 - warned that Britain was sleepwalking into a surveillance society.
Yesterday it raised the alarm over surreptitious and unaccountable surveillance practices and weak legal protections.
'Much surveillance also goes beyond the limits of what is tolerable in a society based on the rule of law and human rights, one of which is the right to privacy, the report said.
'Some technologies have gone from being a subject of speculation to being in mainstream use in many different areas.
'Given the …
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