Thursday, September 11, 2008

Statewatch Report - The Shape of Things to Come

A new Statewatch Report written by Tony Bunyan, exposing how European governments and EU policy-makers are pursuing unfettered powers to access and gather masses of personal data on the everyday life of everyone – on the grounds that we can all be safe and secure from perceived “threats”.

"The proposals set out by the shadowy "Future Group" set up by the Council of the European Union include a range of highly controversial measures including new technologies of surveillance, enhanced cooperation with the United States and harnessing the "digital tsunami".

In the words of the EU Council presidency:"Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record. This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts."

Conclusions (8 pages) (pdf):

Copy of full report (pdf):