UK ANPR: "Innocent People Have Nothing To Fear"

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

[NB: ANPR = Automatic Number Plate Recognition]

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  • The Comedian The Comedian on May 25, 2009
    @Mr Lang: Your part of the county didn't recently have a string of unsolved homicides, did it? I think his employment as a code enforcement officer, a job he got less than four months after his last known murder in 1991, provided him with a badge, a gun and the power and control over others that he once derived as a serial killer.

  • Carsinamerica Carsinamerica on May 25, 2009

    I think one should distinguish between instant use of the ANPR system, and retention of the records. Instant use is -- more or less -- defensible. If the police use ANPR to find stolen vehicles, or to do a plate search for a vehicle last seeing fleeing a murder scene or abducting a child, then that's reasonable. It's no different than a dragnet search by uniformed officers, except that it's much quicker, far cheaper, and less dangerous to the officers involved. The real problem is in the retention of driving records for two years. That is an invitation to abuses of power by the police, by the Home Office, by anyone who wants to grind an axe. Stalking anti-war protesters is only the tip of the iceberg. Consider any behaviour that might be legal but morally ambiguous, and a government tracking database becomes a weapon of blackmail. Retaining records for more than 48 hours (a sufficient time to trace a vehicle driven by an actual criminal suspect) should be illegal.

  • "scarey" "scarey" on May 25, 2009

    One of these days, and it won't be long, one too many government agents will visit me, and he'll be gone. I don't celebrate independence day anymore, because we haven't lived in a FREE country for years. I don't salute the flag, or respect the law or the cops anymore. We are just prisoners and sources of revenue to them.

  • HEATHROI HEATHROI on May 26, 2009

    “Innocent People Have Nothing To Fear” but how do you know you got nothing to fear? The BBC are masters at propaganda; very subtle nothing you can put your finger on but ruinous to anyone who steps out of line. Jack doing a terrified 5mph under a constantly-changing speed limit you mean Victoria, Australia