Ratio wrote:2) Does the government really Give a damn about our day to day lives? Is our Privacy really being violated, anyone who sees these tapes aren't going to pay any attention to us unless we're stabbing someone.
I'm going to speak a bit on the viability of this point.
Specifically, that "the government" does not need to give a damn about your day to day lives to be able to access and process any information about you that they have - that's what computers are for.
Each passing year, technology designed to manipulate, handle, and most importantly automatically contextually parse
massive amounts of information improves. Right now, it's possible for a government worker to look you up by name and get, say, your identification number. "So what?" You say, "That's not really significant," and it isn't.
But in 20 or 30 years, provided you've got the information-gathering infrastructure in place a government worker will be able to look you up by name and be able to identify say *thinks about something that might affect a brit*, based on changes in pupil dialation between captures, the last time you became intoxicated or high, and be able to tell which, and where you became intoxicated or high.
Now, I don't actually know what drugs are illegal versus legal in the UK, and I have no clue if you use any. But let's assume you use no illegal substances ever, and just drink. "This doesn't affect me," you can then say, "it only affects criminals, and it's good that they can't get away with anything!"
That's all well and good - but what if, say, alcohol is outlawed in your area (perhaps due to some freak supermajority of moral guardians in some house or another)? Since something you do was made illegal, you just got shunted from, "This doesn't affect me," to "they can't get away with anything!".
"But that's a bullshit law!" you angrily contend, and I agree. That doesn't mean the government will never try it, at least if the government of the UK is anything like the government of the United States.
Edit: In short, a more powerful government - and surveillance makes a government more powerful - reduces your ability to effectively defy it when it screws up.