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Police plan to map all journeys made by drivers on major roads and store the data for five years.
A national network of roadside cameras will be able to read 50 million number plates each day enabling officers to reconstruct the movements of motorists.
But civil rights campaigners have questioned why the data needs to be kept for so long and want reassurances on who will be allowed to access the information.
The project relies on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera
Experience has show there are very strong link between illegal use of motor vehicles on the road and other types of serious crime.
Originally posted by Grailkeeper
I think it may be directed towards 'crimes in progress' or the like.
If a child is abducted and all they have is a licence plate (or partial), they could then, in theory, be able to refer back to travel data on the particular plate number, thus giving the authorities possible locations of interest.
Another scenario might be fleeing criminals. Being able to track the vehicle used, may lead to quicker apprehension.
With most technical advancements, you get the good with the bad.
I favor it in many ways, but like most... I don't want the government tracking me either.