‘UK surveillance worse than Orwell’s 1984’

UN special rapporteur on privacy has slammed Britain’s surveillance situation, saying it is even worse that what author George Orwell imagined in his novel 1984.

“It’s worse… Because if you look at CCTV alone, at least Winston [Winston Smith in Orwell’s novel 1984] was able to go out in the countryside and go under a tree and expect there wouldn’t be any screen, as it was called. Whereas today there are many parts of the English countryside where there are more cameras than George Orwell could ever have imagined. So the situation in some cases is far worse already,” Joseph Cannataci told the Guardian.

The newly-appointed UN special rapporteur on privacy also described the UK’s oversight of surveillance as “a bad joke”

“That is precisely one of the problems we have to tackle. That if your oversight mechanism’s a joke, and a rather bad joke at its citizens’ expense, for how long can you laugh it off as a joke?,” he added.

 

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