The march of Britain’s ‘Surveillance Society’ was exposed last night in a devastating report.
Experts warned that a raft of new technologies were intruding ever further into private lives.
And legal protections were struggling to keep up with the ‘Big Brother’ onslaught, the Surveillance Studies Network said.
The academics praised the Coalition for ditching ID cards and some state databases but they identified a string of threats including:
* Social networking sites that have ‘exponentially’ increased their holdings of personal data
* Body scanners at airports that invite ‘voyeuristic opportunism’
* Automatic numberplate recognition cameras
* CCTV cameras in schools that measure teacher performance
* Aerial police drones that are ‘more pervasive than CCTV’
* GPS devices that can track the movements of staff such as cleaners to within a few yards
* Software that allows users to track their friends but which could be hacked by outsiders
* Databases that sort individuals by their ethnicity or social class...