Charles Nevin writes in Intelligent Life, a culture magazine published by The Economist, comparing progress toward the surveillance state in the UK, Germany, and Romania. The Brits are ‘winning’:
Britain had the worst result in Europe, falling into the category of “endemic surveillance societies” alongside Russia and China.
Nevin quotes a policy paper presented by the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council:
Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record. This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts.
Worth reading. —Chris Peterson