In a world where you can disappear into a security secrecy hole for decades, is this really what we need? G4S – the company at the heart of the Olympic security contract scandal is in the process of negotiating a contract to provide police services to West Midlands and Surrey.
David Taylor-Smith, the head of G4S for the UK and Africa, said he expected police forces across the country to sign up to similar deals to those on the table in the West Midlands and Surrey, which could result in private companies taking responsibility for duties ranging from investigating crimes to transporting suspects and managing intelligence.
Apparently this is a growing market which prompts the question — where next? Also, to what extent will we have added another layer of insulation between a public increasingly surveilled to within an inch of its life and the armed guards who may certainly will abuse that level of surveillance?