Civil liberties group concerned over new police cameras set up across Merseyside

Wirral Globe: Civil liberties group concerned over new police cameras set up across Merseyside Civil liberties group concerned over new police cameras set up across Merseyside

Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch says introducing dozens of new police cameras across Merseyside has the potential to “seriously undermine your privacy.”

Merseyside Police’s new Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit is expanding its use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology by setting up 50 new camera sites across the county.

Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “ANPR cameras can track every journey every single vehicle makes, every hour of the day.

“It has the potential to build up a picture of your whole life and seriously undermine your privacy.

“Merseyside Police should be explaining clearly and transparently how they intend to use this technology, what data they will be collecting and how long they will be storing it.”

Mr Pickles added: “The only sure way to protect people’s privacy is to not collect data.

“If the police are only checking against a known list of suspect vehicles that is proportionate, but it is not right for them to be logging every car’s movements and storing that data for a prolonged period of time.”

In a statement announcing the new cameras yesterday, Chief Superintendent Mark Harrision said: "I am sure the public will see this as a good thing and I would like to assure law-abiding people that they have nothing to fear from these cameras.

"They do not monitor speed, they simply check the number plate against a database.

"It is the criminals using our road networks to carry out crime that should really be worried."

The ANPR system works by automatically reading the registration of every vehicle that passes through it.

The registration is then checked against a range of databases, including the Police National Computer, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and local police intelligence systems.

Officers can then instantly tell if the vehicle is of interest to police - for instance if it has being stolen or been used in a recent crime - and then take necessary action.

Police stopped 541 vehicles across Merseyside on Wednesday following an ANPR operation, with 20 drivers arrested for a range of offences.

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2:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

I doubt if it will be used to track stolen cars,its easier to give out a crime reference number,for insurance purposes,which is one of the reasons our premiums are sky high!
I doubt if it will be used to track stolen cars,its easier to give out a crime reference number,for insurance purposes,which is one of the reasons our premiums are sky high! bigfoot
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2:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Cheesy Peas says...

If you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to fear...

Yeah, right.
If you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to fear... Yeah, right. Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Clever1 says...

So, what's the big deal? Unless, of cource, you've got something to hide.
So, what's the big deal? Unless, of cource, you've got something to hide. Clever1
  • Score: -1

2:31pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Clever1 says...

Bad spelling, how do I edit this?
Bad spelling, how do I edit this? Clever1
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Polyphonic says...

Clever1 wrote:
So, what's the big deal? Unless, of cource, you've got something to hide.
What a disgraceful attitude. You could say the same about any dictatorship which imposes surveillance on it's citizens.

We are a free country and the police have no right to monitor our movements unless we are a crime suspect.
[quote][p][bold]Clever1[/bold] wrote: So, what's the big deal? Unless, of cource, you've got something to hide.[/p][/quote]What a disgraceful attitude. You could say the same about any dictatorship which imposes surveillance on it's citizens. We are a free country and the police have no right to monitor our movements unless we are a crime suspect. Polyphonic
  • Score: -2

4:37pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Hey Polyphonic, since when have we been a free country. Our freedom has been eroded over many years now. Suppose it depends on your notion of freedom. CCTV monitoring hundreds of times a day does not give me the notion of being free. George Orwell and his predictions of 1984 were not out by many years. God help our children when they are our age.
Hey Polyphonic, since when have we been a free country. Our freedom has been eroded over many years now. Suppose it depends on your notion of freedom. CCTV monitoring hundreds of times a day does not give me the notion of being free. George Orwell and his predictions of 1984 were not out by many years. God help our children when they are our age. Llamedos 1
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Thu 16 Jan 14

benny07 says...

point the cameras at,wallasey town hall,the lauris centre wirral point ,& many other locations,see who,s meeting who,on all these secret meetings.none logged,youl find plenty of criminals there !!..
point the cameras at,wallasey town hall,the lauris centre wirral point ,& many other locations,see who,s meeting who,on all these secret meetings.none logged,youl find plenty of criminals there !!.. benny07
  • Score: 5

10:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

PaulCa says...

There are 66 suspect vehicles parked outside the town hall in Brighton Street. It's pretty much guaranteed that many of these will be making unannounced visits to suspicious addresses, perhaps to senior officers' houses, all off the record of course and done to promote 'business' and to ease the passage of difficult policies through scrutiny committees.

So yes, let's get tracking and recording, but only these 66 vehicles and of course, the mayor's expensive, austerity busting, ostentatious jalopy.
There are 66 suspect vehicles parked outside the town hall in Brighton Street. It's pretty much guaranteed that many of these will be making unannounced visits to suspicious addresses, perhaps to senior officers' houses, all off the record of course and done to promote 'business' and to ease the passage of difficult policies through scrutiny committees. So yes, let's get tracking and recording, but only these 66 vehicles and of course, the mayor's expensive, austerity busting, ostentatious jalopy. PaulCa
  • Score: 5

10:25pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

Benny 07,

Lauries,Wirral point what have they got to do with the headline ?
Benny 07, Lauries,Wirral point what have they got to do with the headline ? Positive thinker
  • Score: -3

7:23pm Wed 22 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

Just a point but when I am in the house, with the front door shut, I am in private. I don't have any CCTV cameras pointed at me in the living room whilst I am at the PC or watching the cr@p on the box.

Now when I go outside, I then go out in public. I go about my daily business without worrying about if or when I am on camera. To be blatantly honest, I lead a boring life on the street. I go from A to B and sometimes to C. I go shopping, I go walking and sometimes I go the cinema or take the wife for a nice meal.

At no point do I think that my privacy is being interfered with as I am out in public. I feel safer knowing that hopefully if a bad event where to befall me, that with the aid of CCTV help may be dispatched that little bit quicker than if I where on my 'own' say to speak.

This is my personal opinion and negative comments at what I think and does not in any way “seriously undermine your privacy."
Just a point but when I am in the house, with the front door shut, I am in private. I don't have any CCTV cameras pointed at me in the living room whilst I am at the PC or watching the cr@p on the box. Now when I go outside, I then go out in public. I go about my daily business without worrying about if or when I am on camera. To be blatantly honest, I lead a boring life on the street. I go from A to B and sometimes to C. I go shopping, I go walking and sometimes I go the cinema or take the wife for a nice meal. At no point do I think that my privacy is being interfered with as I am out in public. I feel safer knowing that hopefully if a bad event where to befall me, that with the aid of CCTV help may be dispatched that little bit quicker than if I where on my 'own' say to speak. This is my personal opinion and negative comments at what I think and does not in any way “seriously undermine your privacy." spamfiend
  • Score: -1

7:26pm Wed 22 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

Oh and by the way, regarding the following comment:

“If the police are only checking against a known list of suspect vehicles that is proportionate, but it is not right for them to be logging every car’s movements and storing that data for a prolonged period of time.”

I have a tracker installed in my car as a way of getting my insurance down and to protect my personal property. This, by way of GPS, TRACKS my every move in the car so Merseyside Police using ANPR systems won't make a jot of difference as my details are already there.
Oh and by the way, regarding the following comment: “If the police are only checking against a known list of suspect vehicles that is proportionate, but it is not right for them to be logging every car’s movements and storing that data for a prolonged period of time.” I have a tracker installed in my car as a way of getting my insurance down and to protect my personal property. This, by way of GPS, TRACKS my every move in the car so Merseyside Police using ANPR systems won't make a jot of difference as my details are already there. spamfiend
  • Score: -2

9:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

If the crime was outside your house,you would soon
be all for the cameras
If the crime was outside your house,you would soon be all for the cameras Positive thinker
  • Score: 0

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