The Information Commissioner has ordered a new independent study on developments in surveillance.
The Commissioner has appointed the Surveillance Studies Network to provide it with an analysis of developments in surveillance and the collection of information about individuals.
The ICO last published a report on the subject, A Surveillance Society, in 2006.
“This new analysis will accompany the Information Commissioner’s 2010 report to Parliament on the state of surveillance, in which the ICO will highlight any significant issues that require particular attention.
“The report was a key recommendation from the Home Affairs Select Committee, following its inquiry into the Surveillance Society," the ICO said.
The Surveillance Studies Network is a registered charitable company that looks surveillance in all its forms. In April it will hold its 4th Surveillance & Society Conference at City University London.