Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Who is watching you?

Charles Farrier, a spokesman for national pressure group No CCTV, which campaigns against surveillance in the UK, criticised the use of CCTV in schools. He said: “It's outrageous and unacceptable to put CCTV in toilets, particularly children's toilets. CCTV doesn't stop problems. It is treated as a 'silver bullet' but it won't - at best it films the problem but you can't tell what's going on with the footage."

I wonder how useful cameras are.
Other reports are as follows:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-....t-parents .html
85 per cent of teachers say that they have CCTV in their schools, whilst nearly a quarter worry about hidden cameras within their building. In most cases, the surveillance cameras are covering the school grounds and entrances to the school, but nearly ten per cent say CCTV is operating in the toilets.



Father of four Paul Cooper, from Solihull, was shocked to find cameras in the gents at Wolverhampton rail station, leased and operated by Virgin Trains.

Car delivery man Mr Cooper, aged 50, of Thelsford Way, has lodged a complaint with Virgin but has yet to receive a proper reply.

"I use the rail network daily, travelling throughout Britain from John o'Groats to Lands End," he said. "This is is the first time I have ever found CCTV cameras in toilets at a rail station and I am disgusted by it.

"There is a CCTV camera in toilets at Wolverh
Wolverhampton, fitted to the ceiling above the urinals and cubicles.
http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-s....7319-20 540545/

latest figures - released under the Freedom of Information Act - show the number of images taken with ANPR cameras has risen by up to 1,000 per cent from 2007.

The ANPR cameras are placed on major roads and hidden in strategic locations such as ports, airports and on CCTV cameras in towns.

All information recorded on the cameras is then kept on the police database for a minimum of two years.

Police say are needed for operational reasons such as tracking stolen cars and catching drug dealers and uninsured drivers.

But anti-surveillance campaigners claim the hidden devices are an invasion of privacy and are a sign of a "Big Brother state".


All very well, until someone leaves a memory stick of data laying about.

I wonder who watches the watchers.
How is data secured.
What is the data used for.
Why is it kept for so long.

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