The shape of things to come
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”.