tux_attack writes: "In a report released recently by the Parliament's Home Affairs committee British MPs say that the UK is not a becoming a surveillance society but could become one if databases such as the National Identity Register are not secured against data losses or if the databases become used in citizen profiling. They also asked that the government research if the 4 million CCTV in the UK actually reduce crime. The committee requested yearly reports on surveillance from the Information Commissioner's Office in the UK as well as a closer relationship between the parliament and the government's chief information officer to work on privacy protection. Committee members better database access controls were needed and that overall the government should take a "minimum data, held for the minimum time" approach to citizens personal information. The original report (pdf) is here."