UK Liberty

shock as Blunkett calls on government to block new type of surveillance

Posted in privacy by ukliberty on November 28, 2006

The BBC reports that

A new civil liberties controversy has flared up over the news that police chiefs are considering using high-powered microphones to “eavesdrop” – as critics will see it – on crowds at the London 2012 Olympics.

But the former home secretary David Blunkett called publicly on the government to block the scheme.

He told BBC Radio Five Live’s Weekend News programme that the suggestion was “simply unacceptable”, and smacked of the “surveillance state”.

Spyblog has some analysis of the reports.

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