European Data Protection Digest

Group Considers Bringing ANPR Before High Court

SURVEILLANCE—UK

April 9, 2010

A civil rights group may be bringing the police to court on allegations that taking photographs of motorists and linking them through automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) technology violates privacy rights. The Times reports that Liberty is considering asking the High Court to review the use of the nationwide network of cameras to take up to 14 million photographs of motorists each day. Stored data include car registrations as well as photographs of drivers and passengers, the report states. "It's bad enough that images and movements of millions of innocent motorists are being stored for years on end," said Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti. "That the police are doing this with no legislative basis shows a contempt for parliament, personal privacy and the law."
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