Not Saussure

February 13, 2007

Vehicle surveillance and road pricing

Filed under: civil liberties — notsaussure @ 12:26 am

Just a quick note, not least because I don’t feel sufficiently confident of my technical knowledge adequately to summarise the article, to say that The Register has a very interesting piece in which John Lettice picks apart some of Home Office minister Douglas Alexander’s attempts to reassure us about proposals for a national road pricing system.

He is particularly interesting — and worrying — on the uses to which ACPO’s March 2005 policy document, ANPR Strategy for the Police Service 2005/2006 – “Denying Criminals the Use of the Road” (Word doc); as he says,

ACPO intends to track everyone using the latest available technology, and the DFT’s own studies reckon satellite tracking and boxes built into all cars will be necessary to support national road pricing. In the absence of any categorical statements from the government saying that the police won’t be given access to the system, we must surely conclude that the ABD “myth” of 24×7 surveillance and a compulsory black box fitted to all vehicles is entirely accurate.

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