The surveillance state of Britain is becoming more and more unbelievable as The Guardian is reporting a number-plate recognition system will now be tied to a massive database allowing the movements of all vehicles to be tracked and stored for up to five years.The system works by using government and privately-owned closed-circuit cameras to read number plates and then send the data into the central database, where it can be used for surveillance purposes. When complete, the system will record over 50 million license plate locations each day. Rumor has it the entire operation will be powered by a high-speed generator attached directly to George Orwell's casket. (Photo credit: Wired) [Guardian UK]
i wonder how many of the "up in arms" posters here are actually British? i lived in Britain for seven years and didn't get any of this paranoid fear of "being watched" from people in Britain. It seems to be a peculiarly US thing to be so concerned about being recorded going about our boring lives.
i live in Brasil, a pretty crime infested country, they could get a whole lot of benefit from a camera network similar to the one in London, having surveillance cameras cuts down on street crime and robberies.
i welcome the police having access to the records of peoples driving history, it may prove valuable in solving murders, kidnapping and child abductions, i don't have anything hide - except for the odd late night trip to KFC for a sneaky burger, so whats the problem with all this?