‘Surveillance in UK is endemic,’ says study

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‘Surveillance in UK is endemic,’ says study

Bill Goodwin

The UK has been ranked the worst country in Europe for respecting the privacy of its citizens.

An in depth study by Privacy International of 36 countries ranks the UK alongside Russia and Singapore as countries where surveillance is endemic. The study, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and the Open Society Initiative, assesses the state of technology, surveillance and privacy protection in each country.

It ranked the US higher than the UK for protecting privacy of citizens despite having no privacy law. Thailand and the Philippines also scored more highly than the UK. The two worst ranking countries in the survey were Malaysia and China. The highest ranking countries were Germany and Canada.

Privacy International said the aim of the study was not to humiliate the worst ranking nations, but to demonstrate that it was possible to maintain a healthy respect for privacy within a secure and fully functional democracy.

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