Civil Liberties Groups Petition ICO
SURVEILLANCE—UKJune 13, 2011
Three civil liberties groups have sent a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) about plans to install surveillance cameras around the town of Royston in Hertfordshire. In a written complaint to the ICO, the groups claim that automatic number plate cameras (ANPR) are "unlawful" because their use "has not been as the result of any parliamentary debate, Act of Parliament or even a Statutory Instrument," The Guardian reports. They also argue that data collected from the cameras is retained too long. The police defended the cameras, saying they are used "to target criminals and unsafe drivers, not law-abiding motorists." A spokeswoman from the ICO said, "We have received the letter and are looking into it."