The world is turning into Orwell's 1984 right under our eyes. I just found out that my "dear" motherland has taken an illegal DNA sample from me, without notifying me, and it seems impossible to get them to destroy it. I am not a criminal or terrorist but I really had enough of privacy intrusion. I simply will not go to the USA because I refuse to be fingerprinted and iris-scanned by the US. They already have my internet usage (Hi NSA!) and it's a matter of principle not to agree to be treated like a criminal by a foreign country that thinks everyone must dance to its tune. If I must go to North America I'm sure Canada will be just as nice. The DNA sample I mentioned earlier was "stolen" as I registered to be a blood donor. Eventually I wasn't suitable, as I turned out to be anemic. But the DNA sample was still extracted and sent off to the state storage facility. They didn't bother to inform me about it, I found out about it on an alternative media site. When I went to renew my passport recently, I was fingerprinted. They told me I'd either have to provide the fingerprint, or they won't issue a passport. Since I travel all the time, I absolutely need one. Previously they used to photograph the ear, so they also have an identifying shot of my ear. The fingerprinting was specifically started at the strong recommendation of guess which country? Then we have the UK, where you're lucky to walk half a block without being on CCTV - state, council, public or privately owned. They all want to film us as much as possible. My bank that I've been with for over 10 years recently sent a letter saying that they needed to see my passport due to a government (UK) requirement. If I don't provide this, they'll restrict the account. When I asked them why they suddenly needed this after 10 years, they said it was a gov't requirement They couldn't answer the question of what the government needed the info for. Then we have all the narcisstic people who are writing every little detail about their lives under their own name online, for the rest of the world to see, forever. "On 10 Jan, x had a fight with y, ate spagetthi for dinner and watched the Matrix for the tenth time. " Add all of this together and I'm asking: What the hell is happening to the Western world? (this is only affecting parts of Europe and North America at present) I find this lack of privacy intolerable. They had more privacy in East Germany with Stasi than today. Seriously - that's what you'll find if you compare. Others equally disturbed with all this? Anyone writing a book in which this plays in?