Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Statewatch Report: Embargoed until 00:01

The Shape of Things to Come /by Tony Bunyan The EU is currently developing a new five year strategy for justice and home affairs and security policy for 2009-2014. The proposals set out by the shadowy "Future Group" set up by the Council of the European Union include a range of highly controversial measures including new technologies of surveillance, enhanced cooperation with the United States and harnessing the "digital tsunami". In the words of the EU Council presidency: "/Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record. This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts." / Seven years on from 11 September 2001 and the launch of the "war on terorism" this major new report /The Shape of Things to come/ (60 pages) examines the proposals of the Future Group and their effect on civil liberties. It shows how European governments and EU policy-makers are pursuing unfettered powers to access and gather masses of personal data on the everyday life of everyone ? on the grounds that we can all be safe and secure from perceived ?threats?. The /Statewatch/ report calls for a "meaningful and wide-ranging debate" before it is "too late" for privacy and civil liberties. Press release: Eight page Conclusions: Copy of full report (pdf): For further information: 00 44 208 802 1882 e-mail:

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