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N/A | National UK - Police abuse ANPR

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by robsalvv, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Whaddya know - if you leave the Police to their own devices, they'll abuse ANPR.

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    UK Information Commissioner Blasts License Plate Readers
    UK government agency blasts small, rural town use of automated license plate reader technology.
    [​IMG]The American Civil Liberties Union is not alone in its concern over the use of automated license plate readers (ALPR or ANPR in Europe). The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on Wednesday ordered a review of Hertfordshire Constabulary's use of the technology in Royston, the first town in England to adopt the technology. In November, Canada's privacy commissioner arrived at a similar conclusion in November (view report).

    The UK commissioner ruled the information collection effort in Royston violated the UK Data Protection Act. All six possible routes into and out of the town are covered by license plate cameras creating what police like to call a "ring of steel." The system keeps a log of the movements of all automobiles, something the commissioner found unnecessary.

    "It is difficult to see why a small rural town such as Royston, requires cameras monitoring all traffic in and out of the town 24 hours a day," ICO enforcement chief Stephen Eckersley said in a statement. "The use of ANPR cameras and other forms of surveillance must be proportionate to the problem it is trying to address. After detailed enquiries, including consideration of the information Hertfordshire Constabulary provided, we found that this simply wasn't the case in Royston."

    The Data Protection Act forbids "excessive" collection of data "in relation to the purpose or purposed for which they are processed." Police officials were unable to provide a reasonable explanation for their actions, and the unnecessary collection increases the risk that the data will be misused or unlawfully accessed by others. The issue was brought to the commissioner's attention through a complaint filed by Big Brother Watch, Privacy International and No CCTV.

    "This sends a clear message that the blanket logging of vehicle movements is not going to be within the law and it is now essential that the ICO ensures other police forces are abiding by the law," Big Brother Watch director Nick Pickles said in a statement. "Yet again we find the public placed under surveillance when the police force was unable to justify why the surveillance was necessary or proportionate. Whoever took the decision to press ahead with this ring of steel and to ignore the law so brazenly should be clearing their desk today."

    The commissioner warned police agencies that the license plate cameras cannot be used without a clear purpose and a privacy impact assessment.

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  2. #2 jmc, Jul 27, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2013
    Adrian Bayley had his licence plate captured by a Citylink gantry as he drove Jill Meagher's body up to Gisborne.


    So we already have this system up and running in Melbourne.

    Not saying it is/was/will be abused. Just that it's already here and no-one bats an eyelid.

    In addition to Citlylink coverage of both directions from Bulla Rd to Toorak Rd, there are also camera systems covering the Hume freeway, Eastlink & Peninsula Link. Eastlink is a tollway while Hume and Peninsula Link are point to point camera systems which conveniently require the capture and retention of all number plates in both directions of travel.

    It's quite possible that the Geelong Rd camera system records every number plate movement along the Princes Freeway too. And we have new fixed camera banks coming online on the South Eastern shortly where it changes from 80 to 100.

    So practically every main road in Melbourne is already covered 24/7.
  3. Sound use of logic. Congratulations.
  4. While I don't agree with blanket monitoring of every vehicles movements in and out of Melbourne and or any city or town for that matter, if you've done nothing wrong you got nothing to fear.....
  5. That is the universal catch cry to justifying the continued reduction of more civil liberties and rights.

    A little while ago it was ok to overtake on a solid white line - and I overnight it wasn't.

    What defines "doing wrong" is sometimes nothing more than political expediency.
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  6. #6 MV, Jul 27, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2013
    Yes, & there's CCTV everywhere. But, & this is a big one, they are not in the hands of the police.

    They can get access if they need too, but there is a process.

    That's different to an ANPR system that the police use.

    That would have been after the fact, not live. No-one was looking for him at that point IIRC.