December 26, 2005 at 10:32 pm #11013GixParticipant
CAR journeys up and down the UK are to be monitored by police for the first time using a massive network of roadside cameras.
A database of vehicle movements in Scotland will be linked to a new computer information warehouse being installed in London, allowing police to track journeys the length of Britain.
The move has sparked fears among human rights campaigners of Big Brother-style intrusion into the lives of law-abiding citizens. But police insist the new UK-wide system will make it easier for them to hunt down drug-traffickers and other “most wanted” criminals.
The network will use thousands of new cameras, as well as existing ones which are being converted to read number plates and covering all major routes, as well as towns, cities and petrol forecourts.
By next March, a central database for England and Wales installed alongside the Police National Computer in north London will store the details of 35 million number plate “reads” per day. It will be linked to a Scottish database which was set up two years ago to carry out surveillance on known criminals.
Each “read” is cross-referred against a list of suspect numbers, which in Scotland is believed to total around 6,000. Police say more cameras will be installed in the new year. Software will also be upgraded to ensure the two national databases can “talk” to each.
As well as the most serious criminals, the database is also capable of tracking vehicles without a valid tax disc, MoT or insurance. John Scott, one of Scotland’s leading human rights lawyers, said more cameras meant a higher risk of abuse.
He said: “If it is properly used then this can be a valuable crime- fighting and crime-detecting tool. However, with the expansion of any system of monitoring like this, there is increased scope for abuse. It’s not at all clear to me that there are safeguards in place to prevent this.”
LOVE IS GIVING SOMEONE THE ABILITY TO DESTROY YOU, THEN TRUSTING THEM NOT TO.
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, VODKA in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming…….WOO HOO, WHAT A RIDE!!
December 26, 2005 at 10:55 pm #40518safganParticipant
This is the full article if anyone fancies a read
Lifes a Beach………now and again the tides comes in just too far………….
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