In recent films V For Vendetta and Children Of Men, the U.K. is a near-future police state. How near is that future?
Britain risks “committing slow social suicide” by allowing the Big Brother state to take over its citizens’ lives, the leading privacy watchdog will warn tomorrow. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas will publish a report highlighting the “creeping encroachment” on civil liberties by the Government and official bodies.
The report accuses ministers of creating a climate of fear through increasing use of CCTV cameras, the computer tracking of shopping habits and plans for ID cards.Mr Thomas, who three years ago warned that Britain is “sleepwalking into a surveillance society”, argues that his fears may have already been realised.