18 August 2004

Could be?

Guardian news story:

Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, has warned that Britain could be sleepwalking into an East German-style surveillance society, holding extensive but secret files on all citizens.

[…]

The Commons’ home affairs select committee has warned that David Blunkett’s secretive and uncosted plans for a biometric identity card scheme would alter the relationship between the individual and the state. Information on the cards would take three pages to list and be available to many, from the Inland Revenue to MI6, including any authorised government department. However, individuals would be barred from seeing the information on them.

Guardian 2004-08-16

Actually, having toured the Stasi headquarters, I think the comparison is inaccurate. With modern technology, Britain’s Stasi would be far more effective and have a lot more information.

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