Where do I start? Well I guess Eastcliff Richards Blog on the notion that we're all being watched. Frankly that doesn't surprise me.
Freedom of speech is important and we get a lot more of it here than in some countries! As old people have often told me "Two World Wars were fought for our freedom" so lets hope it stays that way.
Let's face it, in this world of technology it's inevitable that "snoops" are around. Emails can be easily read, phones easily tapped etc etc.
Mobile phones are a great example. The vast majority have them and we've all seen those cop shows where they can find out an area where that person is by triangulating the signal. With the advent of GPS I wouldn't be at all surprised if they could pinpoint each and every one of us.
There's a little paranoia in all of us. But that can be a good thing and keep us on our toes. Although I'm not into this "Nanny State" that we seem to be being pushed toward. I could go on forever about it with such examples as the Smoking Ban. We all know the "for" arguement is geared towards health but on the against side, people are being told what to do and a publican can't even be allowed to decide for themselves how to do things in their business.
So are we living in a Big Brother state? I'd say yes but that's just my opinion. I don't believe you can blame the government for the whole thing. Us consumers do make demands on a technical scale (i.e. Mobile phones with more gadgets etc) and because we want to "upgrade" all the time, we actually make it easier for them to "Snoop".