Orwell was right: spy cameras see Britons' every move

Tuesday, 26 December 2006, 8:39 AM EST

Almost 70 years after George Orwell created the all-seeing dictator Big Brother in the novel 1984, Britons are being watched as never before. About 4.2 million spy cameras film each citizen 300 times a day, and police have built the world's largest DNA database. Prime Minister Tony Blair said all Britons should carry biometric identification cards to help fight the war on terror.

"Nowhere else in the free world is this happening," said Helena Kennedy, a human rights lawyer who also is a member of the House of Lords, the upper house of Parliament. "The American public would find such inroads into civil liberties wholly unacceptable."

At Bloomberg.

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