Saturday, February 23, 2008

Taking Liberties

Ironically, while terror suspects can be landed and whisked away seemingly without notice, the rest of us could soon be forced to provide 19 separate pieces of information, including mobile phone numbers and credit card details, for every journey we make by land, air or sea. If the British government gets its way, the data will be stored for thirteen years "to allow for profiling," shared with third parties outside the EU, and used for "general public policy purposes" besides terrorism and serious crime.

It's the stuff of late-stage dystopian nightmares, of course. But it's already here.

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