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In todays world you do not have to look very far to see things that very well could have come out of George Orwells novel 1984 The world is globalizing at an expontential rate compared to years past With the advent and widespread use of the Internet and inter-continental travel the need for heightened security has grown tremendously However how best should our societies deal with this need Alarmingly it would seem that the people with whom we have entrusted the authority to make such decisions are overstepping their bounds The worlds policing agencies seem to be taking on the attitude of guilty until proven innocent The use of Closed Circuit Televisions CCTV sophisticated electronic listening equipment and peeking over the shoulders of internet users from afar has risen sharply in recent years This trend has also dramatically increased the ability of police government agencies employers and even regular citizens to abuse the privacy of the very people they are supposed to be protecting Law-abiding people are having their human right to privacy eroded on a daily basis The place where this is happening at a faster pace than anywhere in the world is Orwells own United Kingdom At present there are at least 1 million CCTV units that are operational in the UK i-contact That number is staggering when you consider the fact that it is more than three times as many as there are in the US and in about a third the land size i-contact It would seem that London just might be heading more towards Winstons world than we might want to admit Based on 600 hours of research from CCTV monitoring rooms findings showed that suspect targets were disproportionately young male black and working class Black men were more than twice as likely to be tracked as white men and women were often tracked and observed at close detail for nothing more than kicks Several instances of CCTV
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