Synopses & Reviews
A chance encounter with a talking lamp-post got Ross Clark thinking: is there any escape from Britain's growing surveillance society? He set himself a challenge: could he get to Southend without Big Brother knowing where he had gone? In this entertaining and highly revealing account of his attempt to dodge Britain's 4.2 million CCTV cameras and other forms of surveillance, Ross Clark lays bare the astonishing amount of data which is kept on us by the state and by commercial organisations, and asks whom should we fear most: the government agencies who are spying on us - or the criminals who seem to prosper in the swirling fog of excessive data-collection. Among his discoveries are: - An information company in Nottingham seemed to know he has cherry trees in his garden. - If he flies to New York, the FBI will keep a record of what he had for lunch. - 2,700 people are wrongly recorded as criminals on Britain's Police National Computer. - 70 Americans have been implanted with microchips to help identify them if they become lost and confused. - British companies are routinely vetting potential employees by searching MySpace for evidence of drunken antics and sexual perversion. - It will take 905 man-years to issue every British citizen with an ID card.
About the Author
Ross Clark is a journalist who has written extensively for The Times, The Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday. As for his private life, he isn't giving anything away because he can't be sure the book won't fall into the hands of the narks at some nosey government agency.
Table of Contents
1. The Talking Lamp-Post 2. My Big Day Out 3. Me and My Mug 4. A Brief History of Surveillance 5. Me and My Genes 6. Me and My Good Name 7. Me and My Secrets 8. Me and My ID 9. Me and My Pockets 10. Me and My Travels 11. Me and My Computer 12. Me and My Car 13. Me and My Home 14. Me and My Money 15. Me and My Shopping 16. Me and My Job 17. Me and My Health 18. Me and My Paranoia 19. Me and My Conclusions Appendix