britain: one of the least private nations on earth

3 Jan

This is why we need radical change in this country, from Ars Technica: –

US and UK have become “endemic” surveillance societies

Take a look at the map below. It shows privacy rights around the world; the brighter the color, the better for privacy. If you live in the US or UK, you might (or might not, depending on your politics) be surprised to find both countries painted black, just like Russia, China, and Malaysia. A new report out from Privacy International (UK) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (US) claims that both countries now feature “endemic” surveillance.

Since 2006, the report has ranked countries, meaning that 2007 is the first year that progress (or decline) can be assessed. Most countries declined over the course of the year, as did the US (the UK has held its “black” ranking for two straight years, though Scotland is doing a bit better than England and Wales). The US is now “the worst ranking country in the democratic world” based on changes to the FISA court, the development of the Automated Targeting System, the REAL ID Act, and more. The UK is the worst country in the EU, though most of the “older democracies” also declined; the newer democracies are generally doing better.

We’ve had enough. Things will change.

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4 Responses to “britain: one of the least private nations on earth”

  1. IanWhickham@gmail.com January 4, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Try here:http://lpuk.org/It’s embryonic at the moment but I’m hoping for some impact over the year.

  2. IanWhickham@gmail.com January 4, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Try here:http://lpuk.org/It’s embryonic at the moment but I’m hoping for some impact over the year.

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com January 4, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    Yes Ian, already perused it a day or so ago.Still waiting for my forum membership approval…

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com January 4, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    Yes Ian, already perused it a day or so ago.Still waiting for my forum membership approval…

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