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Part of it began with the IRA bombings that began in the 70's and struck mainland UK. There are cameras all over the place there.

Best brit political thriller is by far Loach's Hidden Agenda. It is about the colusion between the British security forces and the protestant murder gangs.

Posted by SeMe | June 12, 2007 4:04 PM

“But it’s not just the government. They other day, I took money out of a cash machine and 15 minutes later, I received a call from my bank in London. They just wanted to make sure I was in the States.”

This happens here, too. One time I was at a little boutique and purchased $400 of clothes. The register was in the back, out of customer view, and as the guy was coming back from the register, my phone rang. It was my bank, asking if I'd authorized a $4000 charge. The shopkeeper was holding the receipt showing he'd canceled the charge... but the phone call got to me before he did.

It's all magic computer algorithms, watching for suspicious activity, but yeah, it's a monetary transaction, of course it's all logged. That's not really surprising to anyone, is it? (Creepy maybe, but hardly surprising.)

Posted by no one in particular | June 12, 2007 4:35 PM

Banks now EXPECT you to call them before you go abroad and use your credit card. Otherwise they just might DENY your transaction. I spent an hour in a LIverpool gas station learning this the hard way.

Who the fuck do they think they are? Checking up on me over a 20 quid petrol transaction. Fuckers.

Posted by DOUG. | June 12, 2007 4:51 PM

I actually don't really mind my bank calling me over such things. Helps keep people from stealing my money.

As for photos and what not. I kind just have a "eh" reaction. Not really a fan, but absent abuse its not really something I am going to care to much about...

Posted by Giffy | June 12, 2007 5:04 PM

It's too bad Surveillance was a bad movie.

Posted by Andy | June 12, 2007 10:07 PM

Cthuhlu ... with Tori Amos as an evil cthulhoid breeder ... oh yeah!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 13, 2007 11:09 AM

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