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Big Brother Watch The State of Civil Liberties in Britain by Alexander Deane
  

Big Brother Watch The State of Civil Liberties in Britain

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Big Brother Watch The State of Civil Liberties in Britain by Alexander Deane

The debate about our DNA database, the largest per capita in the world, has dominated headlines throughout the last few years. Britain has more CCTV cameras than any other country in the world, and even more are being installed - including in private homes, facing out into the street. With the Intercept Modernisation Programme, the current government plans to record details of every telephone call made and e-mail sent by people in the United Kingdom. A database of households, is set to be compiled for health and safetyA reasons, is planned by the NHS. The Independent Safeguarding Authority continues to plan a compulsory register of all those who regularly come into contact with children - perhaps a third of adults in the country. Stop-and-Search powers under the Terrorism Act are argued about as photographers are arrested for taking photographs of public buildings. Data chips in our bins monitor our domestic waste. Despite a temporary retreat on their compulsory status, identity cards (and, more importantly, the database behind them) remain with us. What is the future for civil liberties in modern Britain? Big Brother Watch brings together a collection of essays by experts in fields affected by the increasingly authoritarian nature of British culture - in a country so illiberal it's almost as if normal life is becoming unlawful.

About the Author

Alex Deane is the Director of Big Brother Watch, a campaign from the founders of the TaxPayers' Alliance, fighting intrusions on privacy and protecting liberties. A barrister and journalist, he was formerly David Cameron's chief of staff.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2010

Author

Alexander Deane

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Publisher

Biteback

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Political control & freedoms

ISBN

9781849540445

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