Interesting report from the civil liberties monitoring group Statewatch on EU surveillance proposals.
The EU is currently developing a new five year strategy for justice and home affairs and security policy for 2009-2014. The proposals set out by the shadowy "Future Group" set up by the Council of the European Union include a range of highly controversial measures including new technologies of surveillance, enhanced cooperation with the United States and harnessing the "digital tsunami". In the words of the EU Council presidency:
"Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record. This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts."
You can see the press release, an eight page conclusion and the full report.
But if you're thinking of posting (or that this post is) some loony EU conspiracy claims - any government is going to try this on if it's got the capability and we're looking the other way.