It's well enough known that here in the UK we have the highest amount of CCTV cameras per head of population. You walk the streets, you are being watched. You go shopping, you are being watched. You go to work, you are being watched. Likewise if you visit the doctor. Even taking a bus journey.
Every part our life is monitored in one way or the other, not just by CCTV which I'm sure most people are aware of and accept as a 'crime fighting' tool to keep us 'safe' while we go about our business.
But, there are many other ways we are being watched.
Do you have a supermarket loyalty card? Your supermarket knows everything about you and your shopping habits. They will know, for instance, when your wife or girlfriend is due her 'monthly visitor'. If you happen to buy a pregnancy test kit, their database will be ready to unleash coupons and leaflets to your address advertising their baby club etc. They sell all data collected on you to third party organisations. They know your likes and dislikes. They know when you have a bit more spare cash one month because you bought yourself some treats or some extra beer when shopping.
When you go to fill the car up, the majority of petrol stations record and store every car registration number at the pumps. This is in addition to the usual CCTV.
The police when out on patrol in their nice fancy traffic car collect and check every registration number they happen upon, using ANPR technology. Apparently this is a good thing, if the unending propoganda on the multitude of cop shows on TV is to believed.
Even your loyal mobile phone betrays you. Your location can be tracked to the nearest phone mast.
On Monday past, every phone call and text message, every e mail sent and received, every internet page looked at and all browsing habits started to be recorded/logged/analysed.
We are all numbers in the system, National Insurance numbers, NHS numbers, Passport numbers etc.
I'm sure there is more.
It sure is good living in a 'free' country.