Did you think it was your life?

Civil liberties watchdog Statewatch criticised the EU\’s post-9/11 security strategy as a "frightening" grab for every aspect of individual information.

The 60-page report – published on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington – said that the EU now saw data privacy and judicial scrutiny of police surveillance tactics as obstacles to efficient law enforcement co-operation, rather than rights to be safeguarded.

The report, The Shape Of Things To Come, described a so-called EU "Future Group" preparing a new five-year security strategy as "shadowy".

It said that plans to co-operate with the US on "extremely controversial" techniques and technologies of surveillance and "enhanced" co-operation.

The group is accused of trying to harness a "digital tsunami" to aid law enforcement.

The Statewatch report quotes an EU Council of Ministers document on justice and security which declared: "Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record.

"This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts."

Don\’t be silly, it\’s the State\’s life. You might get to live it but only if you\’ve nothing to hide do you have nothing to fear.

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