The French philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that societies have a tendency towards observation, discipline and normalising behaviour.
According to his theory, all hierarchical structures, like those found in the army, in hospitals and in factories, behave like prisons where man, upon feeling himself observed, usually normalises his behaviour.
Later, George Orwell, in his novel 1984, also envisaged the surveillance culture in his creation of a world in which people are constantly controlled and watched by totalitarian governments.
Today, this vision may well be secretly enforced, due to technologies used by governments and companies to monitor citizens and employees.
Taps in European parliament now.. what next. More embarrassing disclosures we presume...