Individual privacy is under threat in the United States and across the European Union as governments introduce sweeping surveillance and information-gathering measures in the name of security and controlling borders, an international rights group has said in a report.
Greece, Romania and Canada had the best privacy records of 47 countries surveyed by Privacy International, which is based in London. Malaysia, Russia and China were ranked worst.
Both Britain and the United States fell into the lowest-performing group of “endemic surveillance societies.”
“The general trend is that privacy is being extinguished in country after country,” said Simon Davies, director of Privacy International. “Even those countries where we expected ongoing strong privacy protection, like Germany and Canada, are sinking into the mire.”
The report said the trends had been fueled by the emergence “of a profitable surveillance industry dominated by global IT companies and the creation of numerous international treaties that frequently operate outside judicial or democratic processes.”
The survey considers a range of factors, including legal protection of privacy, enforcement, data sharing, the use of biometrics and the prevalence of closed circuit TV cameras.
Davies said. “Our view is that consumers will soon begin to see privacy as a political issue.”
ITS ALREADY A POLITICAL ISSUE.!!
We all know about 2010, we all know.
There will soon be a new way, a new place to put your X at the ballot box.
The official launch of the Libertarian Party will take place in the New
Year, but if you have an interest in this new and exciting political
alternative to Big Brother government, then keep looking at our web
site, as announcements will follow soon.
We hope to bring you a manifesto as soon as possible, in the meantime why not discuss Libertarian policies over at LibertarianUK.
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The message to the other political parties is clear.
The United Kingdom, its peoples, its culture, constitution, history and institutions are not for sale.