Surveillance states: How much is too much?

U.S. investigations agency wants clearance to map the precise physical characteristics of individual citizens; and British MPs are upset they're being tracked.

Is it a boon for identity protection or a blast at individual privacy when government has an eye glued not just on criminals, but on ordinary citizens?

The United States FBI has begun a project to create a database of fingerprints, iris scans, and facial shapes, among other traits, of regular people working in "vulnerable positions" such as child care. Read the story at CNN: FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping

In London, some Members of Parliament are disturbed that they're under as much scrutiny as other English citizens--from the electronic surveillance systems they helped install.

Read the full report at BBC News: "Are the watchers being watched?"

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    Emily Shurr is CNET News.com general-assignment news producer.

     

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