Terrorism and child pornography used to justify surveillance society, says academic

Internet users are being spied on in their own home as the Government uses the threat of terrorism and the spread of child pornography to justify launching a dramatic expansion of surveillance society, according to a leading academic.

The authorities have taken “advantage of the terrorist bombing in London” to erode civil liberties, according to Professor Ian Walden, an expert on internet communication and online security.

He said today’s “Orwellian” surveillance of our online habits was even more intrusive than the introduction of CCTV on Britain's streets.

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