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Big Brother: Britain's Web of Surveillance and the New Technological Order;
Simon Davies; Pan Books, 1996 9.99. ISBN 0-330-33556-1

A news report in [Autumn 1996] about the RUC's new spy cameras shows only one element in a web of surveillance that has grown up silently around every citizen. Simon Davies' frightening book shows how every one of us is being pinned down. Our geographical movements, tastes, beliefs, lifestyle and everything about us is being captured on enormous databases. Our liberties are at very real risk.

Some may wish to dismiss this book as full of paranoid delusions! It would be naive to think that only criminals need fear the spy-state and that such a state would be benign. Read it and you will also find good reasons to be afraid.

David Kerr

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