Smiley’s People: How the British became the most spied-upon people in Western Europe
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Timothy Garton Ash
Keywords: Britain; Civil Liberty; Privacy
Coverage: Great Britain
Across the Western world, vast amounts of personal information are held on individuals by states and private companies; ancient liberties are curbed, people are detained without trial, free speech has been stifled. Among the very worst offenders, the most careless with its citizens’ liberties, the most profligate in surveillance, is the British state.