Surveillance Cameras Turning UK into Big Brother State [VIDEO]

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Because of the increasing use of surveillance cameras, modern day UK is turning into Orwell's 1984 UK, said the british first ever Surveillance Commissioner.

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In an interview with the newspaper The Independent, Andrew Rennison said the country is quickly letting technology go too far, putting privacy and other civil rights in danger.

"The technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it," he said. "It is the Big Brother scenario playing out large. It's the ability to pick out your face in a crowd from a camera which is probably half a mile away."

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With HD cameras "popping all over the place," Rennison said there will be a justifiable outcry if these cameras, allegedly capable of spotting and recognizing somebody from considerable distances, are allowed to proliferate unfettered. According to the article, there are already around 1.85 million CCTV cameras in the UK and they can be found everywhere, from streets and malls to hospitals and schools.

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According to Rennison, the proliferation of surveillance cameras in the UK could be against article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which protects "private and family life".

Watch the video above to know more about the UK surveillance system. Do you think surveillance cameras are too invasive? Or are they necessary to prevent crime or find criminals? Tell us in the comments.

This story originally published on Mashable here.