As part of the House of Lords select committee investigation into privacy, entitled “The Impact of Surveillance and Data Collection upon the Privacy of Citizens and their Relationship with the State” numerous bodies and individuals were asked to report on their areas of expertise. One of these was the British Computing Society – BCS.
The BCS’s official report, submitted in 2007, made several statements and went into a degree of detail about the use of technology in the
“ Whilst BCS supports the need for efficient public services which fully utilise the technology available, and understands the concerns which lead to the increase in surveillance measures, it is extremely perturbed about the increasing (although not deliberate) power of the state vis-à-vis the citizen as surveillance measures proliferate and data collection increases.”
This is not the only report to the House of Lords highlighting the problems with the current surveillance society, the GeneWatch, ARch, and the Royal Academy of Engineering all had similar criticisms.