I read somewhere, I don’t know if it’s true, that when the Nazis executed someone they sent their family a bill for the bullet.
In this country if you get a DBS check (an administrative procedure which allows employers in many sectors to bypass the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and, in some cases, to also receive police intelligence outside of any judicial process) you are offered the option to put it (your ‘account’) on the update system. This means that future employers can reference information about you without you having to make a new application. The charge for this is currently £13.00 p.a and is paid by the applicant.
This means the applicant is required to pay the cost of the system which puts him under surveillance. He has to pay for his own surveillance! (The system is run by Capita on a government contract).
Worse. The DBS system is a formal disciplinary system (in Foucault’s sense). It is designed to manage and control the aberrant behaviour it targets. The system of surveillance denudes individuals and society of the moral compass which in the absence of the disciplinary system would control the aberrant behaviour in a healthy way. It pushes the idea that all beings are inherently criminals. It makes no distinction between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Like any other disciplinary system the ‘child protection’ system actually fosters the behaviour it manages. That is; in plain English the DBS system promotes child sexual abuse. By forcing people who want to work with young people to pay the subscription fee for this system they are forcing people to be complicit in their system which legitimizes and normalises child sexual abuse.