US, UK, China agree on government surveillance…
From NewScientist: «The US, the UK, China and Russia are “endemic surveillance societies”, according to a recent study examining privacy protection around the world that gave the four nations the lowest possible rating. The 10th annual report showed a global increase in surveillance and a decline in privacy safeguards during 2007, as concerns over immigration and border control continued to dominate national policy agendas.
The 2007 International Privacy Ranking, published by advocacy groups Privacy International of the UK and the Electronic Privacy Information Center in the US gave Britain the “black” or “endemic” ranking for the second year in a row.
The US fell to the bottom rung for the first time this year due to increasing government surveillance and decreasing federal oversight.
In a related blow to free speech, China announced new internet censorship policies last week that will severely restrict all video sharing websites such as YouTube that are not state controlled.»
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