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I know I should get worked up by to­day’s sur­veil­lance state but I just can’t.

The other day on TV I was asked to be as ou­traged as civil lib­er­ties group Big Brother Watch over fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy be­ing tried out in shop­ping cen­tres such as Sheffield’s Mead­owhall and Manchester’s Traf­ford Cen­tre.

CCTV is used to check faces against a rogue’s gallery of wanted ter­ror­ists and known shoplifter­s. In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner El­iz­a­beth Den­ham is in­ves­ti­gat­ing. When I said I wasn’t much both­ered my email and so­cial me­dia ex­ploded with the question “Why not?”

The an­swer is we can’t un­in­vent this stuff and the real is­sue is the use to which it is put.

How much more deadly ef­fi­cient would Hitler and his Nazis have been with ac­cess to high tech?

Our pro­tec­tion is Par­lia­ment en­sur­ing this isn’t abused – MPs and se­lect com­mit­tees call­ing to ac­count those who op­er­ate it.

And it’s Boris John­son’s threat to sus­pend this Par­lia­men­tary scru­tiny which re­ally out­rages me. So the ti­tle of the 25th James Bond movie has been an­nounced as the Brex­ity-sound­ing No Time To Die. No sooner was the name of Daniel Craig’s lat­est out­ing con­firmed than so­cial me­dia was rat­tling off other 007 films on the same theme – Do or Die Another Day and Dr No-deal.

Mean­while one tweeter noted that No Time To Die, Die Another Day and To­mor­row Never Dies are mak­ing the ac­tion man sound like a pro­cras­ti­na­tor.

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