European Data Protection Digest

New Regulator Raises HD CCTV Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—UK

October 4, 2012

Newly appointed Surveillance Camera Commissioner Andrew Rennison says the unregulated installation of inexpensive, high-definition CCTV cameras in Britain could identify and track individuals, creating a Big Brother state and breaching human rights laws, The Telegraph reports. “The technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it,” Rennison said, adding, the sophisticated cameras are “storing all the images they record” and have the ability to “run your image against a database of wanted people.” According to the report, Rennison is creating a CCTV code of conduct for Parliament. Henry Porter opines for The Guardian that the proliferation of such technology puts privacy and freedom “in mortal danger.”
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