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Proximity ID cards have been in use for many years for staff at work. Technology developments are extending the range at which they can work reliably from the nearest sensor. The addition of sensors to CCTV surveillance cameras and in-vehicle tracking systems potentially allows an entire population to be closely monitored at all times.

Stories are circulating of a new attack on British citizens by the Blair regime.

A security device supplier has apparently offered to supply personal tagging systems for every citizen, as an expansion of the Internal Passport. It has been widely assumed that the new electronic Internal Passports would have to be examined and scanned into reader devices carried by police and a huge army of inspectors, and that the carrying of Internal Passports would be voluntary. Statements from the Blair regime already suggest that the carrying of the Internal Passport will be compulsory.

The new proposal offers proximity scanning. This type of device has been available for a number of years and is used by some companies as an access control system for their staff when at work. Advances in technology now offer the potential to scan cards at a distance of several hundred metres from the scanning device which could be added to the huge number of CCTV cameras that have festooned British streets.

A typical Briton is currently estimated to have been recorded on an average of 34 surveillance cameras every day. Adding the sensor system to cameras means that not only can any individual be tracked continuously, but their intended destination can be predicted.

When this capability is added to a GPS-based surveillance system for every vehicle, and the accumulation of a huge volume of private personal data held in the Great Index, it will make possible the detailed surveillance of the entire population, whether on foot, in a building, or in a vehicle. Extending coverage to include the continuous scanning of passengers traveling in public transport vehicles means that the entire population can be tracked anywhere in Britain at any time, unless they are terrorists or criminals who can be expected to find ways of subverting the system.

The cost of this latest intrusion into the lives of all citizens is unknown but is expected to be modest against the already committed funding on Internal and External electronic Passports, road charging, NHS medical record systems, house and business revaluation and education surveillance. The cost added to each Internal or External Passport is expected to be less than 5% above current projected costs. The expansion of the databases on which the Great Index depends could add 40% to the cost of those systems. The largest additional cost is likely to be for the addition of scanners to all CCTV camera installations. Many existing cameras will not be upgraded and must be replaced, representing an increase of more than 50% on current surveillance camera costs.

BSD News Desk

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