Big Brother State : Part 2.
From London’s Metro »
How Big Brother puts you in danger
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Big Brother Britain is putting lives at risk, according to a new report into surveillance.
Much of the information captured by security cameras or stored in computer data banks could easily be exploited by criminals or terrorists, it is claimed.
Far from being ‘closed circuit’ TV, footage from the cameras is often openly available on the Internet, warns the report from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mobile phones give away a user’s location, supermarket loyalty cards reveal what shoppers buy and computers record every Internet site users visit, the report adds.
But many people do not realise how closely their lives are monitored and how little control there is over the information, it says.
The RAE’s 62-page report notes that Britain has 4.2million CCTV cameras â€“ one for every 14 people.
Londoners are captured on camera an average of 300 times a day.
Author Prof Nigel Gilbert told Metro of websites where anyone could log in and watch ordinary people going about their daily business.