Orwell Was Right


security camera

[from bloomberg.com]

Almost 70 years after George Orwell created the all-seeing dictator Big Brother in the novel “1984,” Britons are being watched as never before. About 4.2 million spy cameras film each citizen 300 times a day, and police have built the world’s largest DNA database. Prime Minister Tony Blair said all Britons should carry biometric identification cards to help fight the war on terror.

“Nowhere else in the free world is this happening,” said Helena Kennedy, a human rights lawyer who also is a member of the House of Lords, the upper house of Parliament. “The American public would find such inroads into civil liberties wholly unacceptable.”

Don’t be so sure – according to this article, those of us who participate in the social networks [ie MySpace and others] are freely giving up our rights to privacy.

Is it that we don’t realize what we’re doing, don’t care, are being tricked or all of the above?


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