"Do CCTV cameras have sound recording? I can only assume that a huge network of microphones recording what people say will be next on the agenda."
If you REALLY want to give full rein to your paranoid side: how many of us own a smartphone of some description, and/or take it with them almost everywhere they go?
I thought the other day: how easy would it be TECHNICALLY for Apple, Google, Microsoft et al, to introduce a back-door into iDevices, Android machines, Windows Phones, etc. so that they could turn on the camera(s) and/or microphone and access what they picked up? (Remember the Doctor Who story "The Bells Of St John"? Instant blanket surveillance nets.)
Yes, there are supposed to be all these laws and stuff in place to stop it, but as we've been seeing increasingly, what does that mean any more?
...and don't get me On One about smart TVs with built-in cameras. Not to sound like a paranoid old fart or anything, but... does the word "telescreens" mean anything to people?
Shame ACs can't choose the "black helicopter" icon, but I'm not sure I want to write stuff like this with my username any more...