There appears to be some resistance to ‘Google Street View’ here in Germany and, while the parties merge and real democracy goes down the drain, as it does elsewhere in the West, there still seems to be some protection for the individual in the Federal Republic. Of course, I am saying that tongue in cheek but it is a feeling that is backed up with some evidence; ‘Google Street View’ is facing opposition of the sort that it would normally expect to face in North Korea and there is a conspicuous lack of surveillance cameras all the more conspicuous when you come back from a couple of days in London.
Yes, ‘Blighty’ really doesn’t give a fuck about privacy, does it? This evening I downloaded http://www.livestation.com/ and went about searching for television channels and, going up to Scotland in a couple of weeks, I typed in “Scotland”. Not much in the way of television channels but what we do have, along with ‘Radio Forth’ and ‘Radio Clyde’ are four or five surveillance cameras and there was me on my Friday evening in front of the iMac in the Belushi Bar in Glasgow not only watching all and sundry supping their bevy but actually finding myself trying to listen in on the conversations. The evidence would seem to suggest that not only “Big Brother” is watching us.
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