Google latitude - power to the people

In a country boasting the highest number of CCTV cameras in the world in proportion to the population; where local council workers can work as undercover spys to root out everything from putting bins out on the wrong day to whether or not a family can claim to live in a school catchment zone; where everytime a car is driven into London numberplate recognition systems can track every turn in its journey, it’s a bit rich MPs calling Google’s voluntary and free Latitude system a risk to privacy (see

“Mr Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said: ‘In Britain, we have a tradition of fighting for our freedom” Hmmm. True enough if threatened by foreign invaders (although not sure how much experience the 46 year old Physics graduate Tom Brake has of being a freedom fighter), but against our own government systems the fight never started. More Citizen Smith than Che Guevara methinks…