Warning of new era of surveillance state
Britain is heading for a new surveillance state of unmanned spy drones, GPS tracking of employees and profiling through social networking sites, the information watchdog has warned.
By Tom Whitehead
12 Nov 2010
The relentless march of the surveillance society has seen snooping techniques “intensify and expand” at such a pace that regulators are struggling to keep up, according to Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner.
Despite moves by the Coalition Government to row back intrusions of privacy, a new wave of monitoring risks making the spy state greater than ever.
Mr Graham’s predecessor warned in 2006 that the UK could be “sleepwalking into a surveillance society” and an updated report for him today said such concerns are “no less cogent” in 2010.