Sunday, 8 June 2008

ID cards could be used to spy on people

"Britain is in danger of becoming a 'surveillance society' and new safeguards are needed to protect people's privacy, an influential committee of MPs has warned. Fears are growing that the compulsory ID card scheme may be used to carry out surveillance on people and that a new children's database may be used to identify likely future criminals," reports The Telegraph.

"Last week it emerged that councils are now using covert surveillance hundreds of times every month to investigate petty offences - such as putting out domestic waste incorrectly and dog fouling - and to check applications for popular schools."

To listen to Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, talk about the extent of the surveillance society click here.

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