This Is London runs a timely story to remind us of our surveillance society: there are 32 CCTV cameras within 200 yards of the flat 1984 author George Orwell lived in London.

This Is London runs a timely story to remind us of our surveillance society: there are 32 CCTV cameras within 200 yards of the flat 1984 author George Orwell lived in London. TIL says:

Britain has a staggering 4.2million CCTV cameras – one for every 14 people in the country – and 20 per cent of cameras globally. It has been calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily.

Use of spy cameras in modern-day Britain is now a chilling mirror image of Orwell’s fictional world, created in the post-war Forties in a fourth-floor flat overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington, North London.

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