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Senior officers at Devon and Cornwall Police have warned that any exposure of its covert network of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras would put the public "at risk" and damage investigations into organised crime.
If the ruling led to other forces being ordered to reveal the location of their cameras police fear criminals could create a national map to avoid detection.
A senior Devon and Cornwall officer told The Herald: "ANPR has been a fantastic weapon in our fight against crime. It has been a huge success, particularly in taking millions of pounds worth of drugs off
Giving away that level of detail is frankly ridiculous. It will put the public at risk."
The locations of the cameras were requested under the Freedom of Information Act by Steven Mathieson, news editor at Guardian Government Computing, in July 2009.
The force refused claiming the ANPR map would "be likely to prejudice the prevention of crime".
It also blocked the move after an internal review, a decision which was supported by the Information Commissioner.
Mr Mathieson then appealed to the Information Rights Tribunal which last month found in his favour, ordering that the information be disclosed within 35 days.
Originally posted by Now_Then
using those cameras the police can get a very good idea of your movements by the 'pings' - a camera pings you and it's relayed automatically to a car in the area and a police man who has expressed an interest in a certain person.
...exposure of its covert network of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras would put the public "at risk" and damage investigations into organised crime. ...
Trafficmaster claim that the system stores only part of a vehicle's registration number.
They state that only the middle four characters are stored.
Since most registration numbers in the UK have seven characters, there is no such thing as the middle four! The system must therefore be able to read the whole registration number in order to extract the 'middle four' characters. Trafficmaster further claim that only a sample of vehicles is used.
It it obvious that if a given vehicle is chosen at random by one sensor, then the next sensor must read all the registration plates passing it in order to catch the vehicle. Since vehicles travel in all directions, all sensors must read all vehicles for the system to work.
It may be that only a sample of registration numbers are stored for average speed calculations, but the system clearly must have the ability to capture all vehicles.
Originally posted by zookey
They should just stick them everywhere, then they cannot be avoided if that is their worry.
Britain's largest police force is using software that can map nearly every move suspects and their associates make in the digital world, prompting an outcry from civil liberties groups.
Originally posted by Extralien
And look what I just found on the same site..
A page with several 'live' "traffic" cameras..
They say the images refresh every two minutes, but you can bet someone is watching them real time..
I feel quite confident that these cameras are a part of the ones in this topic..
Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
Don't get me wrong,but this is textbook authoritarianism right here...
If they are not yet watching and databasing your every move,then they at least want you to believe they are doing so.
Originally posted by Extralien
Think I'll fit some high powered IR lights to front and rear of my car
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