Mr Thomas said: 'My anxiety is that we don't sleepwalk into a surveillance society
where much more information is collected about people, accessible to far more people shared across many more boundaries than British society would feel comfortable with.'
THE Bugging of Labour MPs (DP Feb 4) is a good idea: we should have more of it - then, perhaps, they might understand what it is like to live in the hellish Orwellian surveillance society
that they have imposed on the rest of us, with their dishonest promises of protection from crime and terrorism which they have no intention of honouring.
We have the misfortune to live in a surveillance society
that George Orwell would have recognised.
Mr Smiths' comments came ahead of a conference about the "surveillance society
" held in Manchester yesterday.
THE Government was yesterday accused of "shamelessly" using the "politics of fear" to extend a surveillance society
After the recent attacks in London and Glasgow, the rapid rounding-up of suspects had all the signs of a spectacular success for the architects of Britain's surveillance society
and, while we can only feel admiration for the work of the security services, we should not lose sight of the civil liberties debate still to be had among the equally valid signs that no amount of surveillance actually prevents such attacks.
But tell me this: as the surveillance society
crept up on us webcamby webcam, have you noticed how peaceful and law-abiding we have become?
The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, whose views have been roundly attacked by Jack Straw (who is, incidentally, Gordon Brown's campaign manager), has also warned about Britain "sleepwalking into a surveillance society
There are an estimated 4.2mCCTV cameras in the UK, and Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has raised concerns about Britain "sleepwalking into a surveillance society
", with more cameras on the street and extensive monitoring of consumer behaviour.
However many honest citizens will feel uncomfortable at yet another development of the surveillance society
intruding their daily lives.
Policy overreactions could result in an undermining of freedom of expression and the promotion of an entrenched surveillance society
fixed on a disjointed and reactive whack-a-mole mindset.
Mark Zuckerberg was a Silicon Valley success story before he became a symbol of the surveillance society
he helped create; he was late capitalism's dream come true, until he became democracy's recurring nightmare.