UK — Big Brother is watching you and guess who will pay?

Posted Mar 9, 2012 by Anne Sewell
Britain already has the most CCTV cameras in the world but now Big Brother will be watching your email, text messages and even Facebook messages. All at a cost of approximately $1 billion to the taxpayer.
CCTV cameras
CCTV cameras
In the name of preventing terrorism, Britain is becoming an "Orwellian" state - Big Brother is watching you indeed.
According to RT the United Kingdom already has an estimated 2 million surveillance cameras - which is more CCTV cameras per person than almost any other society in the world. This means that wherever you go, you are being watched.
And now the British government are pushing through an anti-terror law that will enable it to monitor all private electronic communication. This will include social media, text messages and emails. The government will know which websites you visit, and will even snoop on private Facebook messages. This information will be stored for a year by both landline and mobile phone companies and also by ISP's (internet service providers).
Under the new law, it is not just private calls and messages that will be stored - they will know exactly to whom a person speaks, where and when.
Privacy campaigners in Britain condemn the initiative, comparing the law with practices of the Chinese government.
Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch stated: “This is the first step towards the government taking control of the internet. The only place in the world that’s got that kind of regulation is China. And I’m sorry, but Britain is not China.”
Digital rights groups say the new law will leave people living in fear of Big Brother.
Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group stated that: “The problem here is that it’s intrusive. The sort of place where it might be useful could be anything; it could be tax, divorce, copyright infringement. Terrorism and serious crime is a tiny subset of the possibilities of what this information could be used for.”
On top of that he warns that cyber security experts predict that this action will cost taxpayers over a billion dollars to be spied on and there is no easy way to escape the spying.
This legislation still has to go through Parliament in the UK. In 2008, the previous government's attempt to spy on its citizens was fought off, over fears of data safely.
However, with the Olympics and other major events coming to London, Britain feels the need for more national security and says that this justifies the action.