Unmanned spy drones and facial recognition cameras could soon be the norm

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Politics
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From the article:

Ministers signalled that advances in technology meant there was nothing to stop such controversial surveillance measures becoming commonplace.

The warning came in proposals for a code of practice to better regulate the spread of CCTV amid fears there will be “unchecked proliferation” without it.

Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, said last year that Britain is heading towards becoming a surveillance state of unmanned spy drones, GPS tracking of employees and profiling through social networking sites.

He said the relentless march of surveillance had seen snooping techniques “intensify and expand” at such a pace that regulators were struggling to keep up.

The Coalition Government has pledged to row back the surveillance state and restore civil liberties.

Proposals contained in the Protection of Freedoms Bill last month included giving the public the power to take councils to court if they can argue CCTV is being abused or is intrusive.

A consultation on plans for a code of conduct for those using CCTV was published yesterday which will be monitored by a new Security Camera Commissioner.

The document said CCTV is often only of “limited value” to police investigations because images can be poor or cameras badly positioned.

But it added that “modern digital technology is on the cusp of revolutionising the use of CCTV”.

It said features such as powerful zoom, 360 degree vision, facial recognition “are coming closer to being an established part of the CCTV landscape”.

“New uses for systems, for example in taxis, are a natural part of industry growth”.

This is retarded the government should not subjugate it’s citizens by putting up cameras that do noting but violating civil liberties. The people should not stand for this, since it doesn’t even do what it’s there to do, solve more crime.

This is not the way we should be walking on.

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WOG out.


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