Privacy International have published their Leading surveillance societies in the EU and the World 2007, international Privacy ranking, which expanded on their original study last year.
The United Kingdom, is still, to our shame and to public fear, stll ranked in the worst category, i.e. an "endemic surveillance society" alongside the Russian Federation, China, the USA and Malaysia etc.
The incompetent Labour government has managed to further increase the size and scope of its "surveillance state" activities, without any effective transparent checks or balances. They have not achieved any extra "security" as a result of this snooping and spying on the public, but they have further lost public confidence and trust in centralised government bureaucratic systems e.g
- MI5 e-mail alert signup shambles - all email subscription web forms sent to the USA, without encryption
- How much noise pollution will you tolerate from a CCTV surveillance and control camera ?
- "All Your Encryption Keys Are Belong To Us" - RIPA Part III to come into force on 1st October 2007
- Surveillance State Function Creep - London Congestion Charge "real-time bulk data" to be automatically handed over to the Metropolitan Police etc.
- A flurry of repressive Labour government Secondary Legislation passes unnoticed by the mainstream media and opposition politicians
- Her Majesty's Customs and Excise - 25 million record data privacy and security breach
- Deja vu - Gordon Brown fails to publish the RIPA Commissioner annual reports - just like Tony Blair
The section of the survey on the United Kingdom, England * Wales and Scotland (which have slightly different legal systems) also makes dismal reading: