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Originally posted by VelvetSplash
Originally posted by Odium
I don't see anything in the article saying they will be placing something "In" the car, but rather that CCTV cameras will be changed to more clearly pick up the plates.
No, but it's a step closer to such a scenario, like Gazrok said.
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Surveillance UK: why this revolution is only the start
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Published: 22 December 2005
The new national surveillance network for tracking car journeys, which has taken more than 25 years to develop, is only the beginning of plans to monitor the movements of all British citizens. The Home Office Scientific Development Branch in Hertfordshire is already working on ways of automatically recognising human faces by computer, which many people would see as truly introducing the prospect of Orwellian street surveillance, where our every move is recorded and stored by machines.
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Originally posted by Odium
AgentSmith, the problem you have is you are adding other stories to the existing stories.
This is just changing the CCTV's to more clearly pick up car registration numbers, the other projects you speak of do not directly relate to this. They are different projects.
CCTV for years have watched roads now, the only difference is now they are changing them so the technology works and logs the car. This isn't directly spying on a member of the Public, because when you are on the road you are in the Public Domain and things such as this will help a lot of Court Cases. The fact they will be able to log speed, will actually mean many tort cases never come to Court and so on and so fourth.
This is a worthwhile change, and shouldn't be taken as a project that it isn't.
People forget, that in reality a CCTV is much like a Police man walking down your road. Just stationary, and as long as they are not looking through windows, etc, than there is nothing wrong with them.
They don't stop crime, they just make it easier on the Courts and speed them up - something badly needed.