Heather Brooke on BBC News Channel, talking about proposed legislation that would allow the British government to legally monitor the phone calls, emails, texts and website visits of members of the public.
Why are we surprised? Considering the millions that have been spent on surveillance and biometrics by the Security Services via the Technology Strategy Board, it’s a matter of public procurement “value for money” that we actually start to use this stuff.
A quick search on the TSB web site brought up these SBRIs:
And, really, what do you think the Internet of Things is about other than the normalisation of data collection in everyday objects?
“If all objects of daily life were equipped with radio tags, they could be identified and inventoried by computers.”
“Mislaid and stolen items would be easily tracked and located, as would the people who use them.”
Notable that it doesn’t mention the privacy implications?
My Opinion: They’re Watching. Get Over It.
There’s a huge amount of data for them to sift through and they’re going to be spying on millions of Britons as well as millions of foreign nationals (regular, plain ol’ tourists). So, try not to do anything that causes them to turn their baleful eye your way. Try not to be “interesting” to them.