photo by pm [parliament hill street, hampsted, london]
Britain will fit more surveillance cameras with loudspeakers allowing security staff to berate people spotted dropping litter, fighting or vandalizing property.
Council chiefs in Middlesbrough, where the cameras have already been installed and tester, said they had helped cut littering, vandalism and fights.
The privacy watchdog warned last November that Britain was turning into a “surveillance society”.
Britain is the most watched country in the world, with an estimated 4.2 million CCTV cameras, or one for every 14 people.
The government already faces accusations that the national computer database of personal details and the planned identity cards will increase state intrusion into people’s lives. Read more on IHT or BBC
George Orwell [whose real surname was… Blair!] wouldn’t be surprised to know that even his house is constantly watched by ‘his’ big brother. Since cctv’s cannot smell there will be peace for weed smokers, unless smoking en plein air will be forbidden.
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