First off, I’ll gloat a little. Not that it makes me feel much better.
At the start of this year, it was revealed that ANPR was rolling out nationwide. And I said this was a very bad thing, with fears of Big Brother and all that. To which a commenter replied:
ANPR doesn?t mean the police know anything more about your car than they did before, it?s just a way of saving time
And yes, the location of the check and the name of the officer doing it is recorded, mainly to detect corrupt officers doing illegal checks.
I didn’t call bullshit (much) then, but by God I’m calling bullshit now.
It seems that things will be very much worse than I thought. Cameras every 400 yards on motorways, tie-ins to DVLA and insurance databases, and a two year rule for holding the data.
Great. So if you can’t remember where you were on, say, the second Thursday in March of 2004, don’t worry. The state will know exactly where you went, how you got there, what speed you were moving at, and who you had with you.
I challenge someone, anyone to justify this. Not to my satisfaction, or anything like that. I just want to see if anyone will actually stand up and say “No, this is a really good idea, and I have sufficient faith in the government that I know it won’t be abused and only the guilty have anything to fear.”
I don’t expect that I’ll be snowed under with people agreeing.