Stricter Regulations for Car Tracking Cameras
SURVEILLANCE—UKJuly 6, 2010
Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered tighter regulations placed on the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system, which captures images of the front of cars--including details of number plates--and records the date, time and place of capture. BBC News reports the government will look into limiting access to the database and length of data retention as well as requiring greater transparency over where the cameras are, among others. The review comes after a decision was made to remove 72 ANPR cameras once it was discovered they were funded through a Home Office counterterrorism fund, the report states. Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said the growing use of ANPR "has been outside of a suitable governance regime" and that to ensure ANPR is used effectively, "further regulation is required." One privacy group is calling the review "long overdue."