The Times interview with Information Commissioner Richard Thomas yesterday, in which he warned that Britain is in danger of "sleepwalking into a surveillance society", seemed to gather a bit of TV coverage during this slack news "silly season" whilst the politicians are on holiday.
His mention of the Government's plans for a Centralised Compulsory Biometric ID Register and ID Card, the Children Bill database on children and their parents, and the Citizen Information Project population name and address register (N.B. "Citizen" i.e. about UK citizens, not "Citizen's" as in "belonging to and under the control of" individual UK citizens) should come as no surprise to readers of the web log, as we have been trying to raise public awareness of the full privacy implications of these and other "creepy function" IT projects such as the Department for Work and Pensions and Inland Revenue Longitudinal Study for some time.
The News of the World allegations about Home Secretary David Blunkett's private life, and their "doorstep" photos of him at his alleged married lover's home, makes one wonder if he will now be more receptive to the idea of a Privacy Bill ? "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear" ?