Police chiefs have admitted there are flaws in a “big brother” surveillance system that enables them to track and store the daily journeys of millions of motorists.
The police chief who co-ordinates the growing network of more than 5,000 roadside cameras, which records the whereabouts of 16m vehicles, said the network was patchy and left”large gaps in coverage in various parts of the country”.
I suppose we should be thankful for small mercies. For me, this is good news – albeit too little and by default, rather than by design. I am not convinced by the “catching criminals and terrorists” argument. There is no need whatsoever for the routine surveillance of ordinary law abiding citizens going about their daily business and storing it for up to six years. This is nothing more than obsessive control freakery and should be stamped upon from a great height.
No other democratic country routinely tracks innocent motorists in this way.
Quite. Nuff said. After all, they are not being blown up by terrorists nor are they overrun by criminals evading detection.