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I wonder if all the people who are now complaining about the new Google Street View web service, are the same people who, when asked about the escalation in the growth of CCTV in the UK, blithely respond that, “if you’ve got nothing to hide why should you be concerned that you’re being watched?’ This response has become one of life’s cliches and one which I always find incredibly shallow. These same people never think of asking the question the other way around.

Maybe, just maybe, people will now begin to recognise the insidious nature of all CCTV, and the implications for civil society in the breakdown of the relationship between the citizen and the state.

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Tomorrow sees yet another attack on our civil liberties here in the UK.

Under a European Union directive to “…ensure the investigation, detection and proscution of serious crime”, a direct result of the terror attacks in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005, it will become compulsory for telephone companies to make available the time, date, duration and location of calls, to 795 new agencies including the Department of Health, the Immigration Service (sic), tax authorities and 475 local councils.

Britain, already arguably the most surveilled country in the world, with over 25% of the world’s CCTV cameras, has taken another worrying step towards a police state. There seems to be little oversight into how and why public bodies are to use this information.

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