Friday, August 29, 2008

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear? 

A three-year-old in Dorset, England, is having trouble sleeping at night. She's afraid there's a man outside watching her.

There's a reason. Government employees were following her family to and from school for three weeks, making records such as "female and three children enter target vehicle and drive off" and "curtains open and all lights on in premises".

But, we are told, we have to trade some privacy for security. Let's take a look at the public safety implications, and see if they justify following kids to school and scaring a three-year-old.

The surveillance was to assess whether the family really lived in the coverage area of the school they applied to. (They did, by the way).

The Poole borough spying case.

Ask tough questions if your government tells you they need to invade your privacy in the name of security.

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