On Thursday there was a Parliamentary debate about the Internet and Privacy.
Some MPs expressed concern at the data-gathering exploits of Google, and disputed Google's assertion that their trawling of Wi-Fi details was 'accidental'.
I too cannot believe that such a technically-astute company on a photo-gathering exercise, could simultaneously acquire wi-fi data, and store it, and geo-locate it, 'inadvertently'.
The UK is described as as being 'the most surveilled country' among the industrialized Western nations. Details of some of the mass surveillance in the United Kingdom can be found here.
MP Robert Halfon stated "My question is this: are we sleepwalking into a privatised surveillance society? How can we stop it?"
I can understand Mr Halfon's concern. How dare a private company try to break the government's monopoly!