[Clips] [dave at farber.net: [IP] Police use cameras to track vehicles of suspects]
rah at shipwright.com
Thu Jul 21 17:08:45 PDT 2005
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>Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 17:05:05 -0700 (PDT)
>From: "G. Gruff" <g_gruff at yahoo.com>
>Subject: Re: [Clips] [dave at farber.net: [IP] Police use cameras to track
>vehicles of suspects]
>To: rah at philodox.com
>Heh, heh, heh.....more'n one way to skin a radar camera...
>Apparently works. There's measured outrage against it.
>ffurgy_|_gruffy, reporting from the Mad Hatter's Flash-Block Seminar
>"R.A. Hettinga" <rah at shipwright.com> wrote:
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>From: Bruce Schneier
>Date: July 20, 2005 11:04:17 AM EDT
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>Subject: [EPIC_IDOF] Police use cameras to track vehicles of suspects
>I've written about this in New Haven, CT:
>This new story is from Scotland.
>Police use cameras to track vehicles of suspects
>LUCY ADAMS, Home Affairs Correspondent July 20 2005
>POLICE have created a database of more than 6000 vehicles of suspects
>which they can track on special cameras as they move around the country.
>On major roads across Scotland, the cameras, which look similar to
>the speed ones, record thousands of licence plates every hour and
>scan them against the database.
>Those on the list are flagged up with the local force control room
>with details of the direction in which they are travelling. Depending
>on the intelligence held on the motorist, the vehicle could be
>stopped immediately by officers or monitored during its journey.
>Senior police say there are a "substantial number" of cameras across
>the country aimed at detecting drugs traffickers, sex offenders,
>suspected terrorists and banned or unlicensed drivers. Owners on the
>list are not told, and civil rights campaigners have raised concerns
>about whether the scheme is compatible with human rights legislation.
>However, officers say Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR),
>originally created for counter-terrorism, is a vital tool in
>collecting intelligence on criminals and suspected terrorists.
>Alan Burnett, spokesman on the system for the Association of Chief
>Police Officers in Scotland, and assistant chief constable of Fife,
>said: "It is directed against detecting travelling housebreakers,
>potential terrorists, bogus callers and drug traffickers. This
>technology is very much geared towards disrupting criminals such as
>drug traffickers and it is not about prosecuting the motorist."
>He said it was nothing to do with speeding or Big Brother, adding
>that there were various lengths of time over which they could hold
>the information: "A stolen vehicle may be on the list for two days,
>but more serious intelligence may be kept on the list for up to 90
>The Scottish Executive has spent ?1.5m on ANPR machines which can
>check up to 3000 licence plates an hour on vehicles travelling at
>speeds of up to 100mph. Forces are planning to connect this database
>to the Scottish Intelligence Database (SID) to allow every officer to
>be able to request that a vehicle of interest should be checked.
>It is managed by the Scottish Criminal Records Office where a
>sergeant is responsible for checking the information is held only for
>a certain time and that it is compliant with human rights legislation.
>John Scott, head of the Scottish Human Rights Centre, said he was
>concerned about the lack of judicial scrutiny.
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