Who big brother is watching right now

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Privacy International has just released its 2007 International Privacy Ranking. The bad news is that black, in the map above, represents “endemic surveillance societies” and that includes the UK which according to the annual report, “again fell into the “black” category along with Russia and Singapore.”

More bad news: “The 2007 rankings indicate an overall worsening of privacy protection across the world, reflecting an increase in surveillance and a declining performance of privacy safeguards.”

There is hope for the UK, mind. While it might be the worst ranking country in the EU, for the first time Scotland has been given its own ranking score and performed significantly better than England & Wales.