posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 07:44 AM
Yes, I saw this on the news this morning as well.
I can't remember who the BBC was interviewing (an MP I believe, though not one of the aforementioned), but he was doing his best to play down the
Really annoying, actually. He dismissed out of hand any potential criticisms by saying that there was a demand for CCTV in virtually every council
because "they keep people safe".
Alright, I can kind of accept that. I don't like it, but I can see his point, though I'm certain he has exaggerated the demand.
The thing is, the interviewer wasn't asking and he seemed disinclined to talk about the meat of the issue - which is the use this footage is going to
be put to. How long is footage kept for? Is it disposed of permamently? Is face-recognition software used in conjunction with this technology? Are
people with criminal records tracked using such systems? How are requests from other departments of the government (such as MI5 or Scotland Yard)
dealt with? Is the information encrypted, stored and transferred safely? How is access decided?
And that's just when it comes to CCTV. Don't even get me started on the national ID cards and telecommunication/internet spying issues...
[/steps off his soapbox]