The shape of things to come

April 16, 2009 at 2:00 am 2 comments

If you want to find out what sort of surveillance environment the children and grandchildren of Europe will have to endure, read this report. It’s called The Shape of Things to come and examines proposals put forward by the shadowy Future Group, a group set up by the Council of the European Union. The proposals include a range of extremely controversial measures, which include techniques and technologies of surveillance and enhanced cooperation with the United States.

Frankly, it’s all summed up by the opening words to the report from the EU Council Presidency:

“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”.

Was it not Goethe who said “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paula Smith  |  April 16, 2009 at 4:21 am

    This is an incredibly worrying trend but I have to say it is no surprise. The European Union, like much of the world is using the excuse of “protection from terrorism” as the basis on which to erode a number of civil rights, including privacy protection.

    We are told, and have been told for some years now that if governments can only match these various datasets then they can reduce the threat of terrorism. And if the general public is not acting illegally then they have nothing to fear.

    Hmm, now lets recap some of the great failures shall we, the National Health Service who incorrectly declared patients deceased, Inland Revenue who have duplicate national insurance numbers across the board, vulnerable people at risk because records are out of date, DNA profiling and the list goes on.

    Given that governments don’t exactly have a great track record in managing their own information, why would European citizens grant them increasing rights and access to all aspects of our private lives.

    The question must be asked, “who will watch the watchers?”

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  April 16, 2009 at 5:33 am

    hear, hear Paula! I use this blog to alert people to the dangers of what I see happening to our civil rights. But I fear that it will be too late before we wake up – by then our civil liberties will be kaput.


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