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Overlooked: Surveillance and personal privacy in modern Britain

Overlooked: Surveillance and personal privacy in modern Britain

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The last few years have been a difficult time for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in the United Kingdom. The misnamed and misjudged “War on Terror” alongside other authoritarian tendencies going even further back, have fostered a rather cavalier, almost “year nought” approach to long-held values in the oldest unbroken democracy on Earth. At a time, when some people seem ready to compromise over absolute rights such as the prohibition on torture and fair trial rights such as the right to be charged and tried before lengthy imprisonment, how much more vulnerable is the more qualified or balanced right to respect for our personal privacy? So at a time of “extraordinary rendition” and arbitrary punishment and detention, why should intrusions into personal privacy matter? Isn’t this a somewhat trivial concern in the greater scheme of things? The answer lies in the basis of democracy, rights protection and the essence of humanity itself.
The last few years have been a difficult time for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in the United Kingdom. The misnamed and misjudged “War on Terror” alongside other authoritarian tendencies going even further back, have fostered a rather cavalier, almost “year nought” approach to long-held values in the oldest unbroken democracy on Earth. At a time, when some people seem ready to compromise over absolute rights such as the prohibition on torture and fair trial rights such as the right to be charged and tried before lengthy imprisonment, how much more vulnerable is the more qualified or balanced right to respect for our personal privacy? So at a time of “extraordinary rendition” and arbitrary punishment and detention, why should intrusions into personal privacy matter? Isn’t this a somewhat trivial concern in the greater scheme of things? The answer lies in the basis of democracy, rights protection and the essence of humanity itself.

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Published by: Blue on May 27, 2009
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