BIG BRUV’S NO BOVVER
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.