Sunday, December 30, 2007

"Endemic Surveillance Society"

China, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia...United States of America.

In the recently released annual survey of worldwide privacy rights by Privacy International and EPIC, the United States has been downgraded from “Extensive Surveillance Society” to “Endemic Surveillance Society.” As Glenn Greenwald notes, this is “the worst possible category there is for privacy protections, the category also occupied by countries such as China, Russia, Singapore and Malaysia.” In general, “the 2007 rankings indicate an overall worsening of privacy protection across the world, reflecting an increase in surveillance and a declining performance of privacy safeguards.”
The 1,100 page, 6,000 footnote report is a survey of 70 participating countries using information gleaned from privacy scholars, administration officials, journalists, and researchers.

Key findings were a worsening climate for privacy worldwide with many countries investing in identity databases, including citizen financial records, geographic location, and communication data "without regard for privacy implications of their own citizens." Greece, Romania, and Canada received the most positive evaluations for the protection of privacy rights.


  1. totally OFF the subject...

    happy new year to you!

    p.s. longest word verification EVER. you win an award.

  2. Happy New Year backatcha, Jess.

    And this wasn't off the subject at all. When you typed in the word verification, a small server in a closet at the White House downloaded your last 3 months of credit card transactions, a list of your favorite "bathroom items" and that book on "party cocktails" you checked out from the library.

    The FBI will be waking you up during a nap someday soon.