Sky News have conducted an investigation in to the extent of the information ANPR cameras are collecting — and keeping for 2 years — about Motorists journeys each day.
ANPR cameras to scan Drivers number plates and then log their journeys.
Whenever a vehicle passes a camera, it’s registration photo is taken and then added to the central database, which is then accessible by any Police force.
We first uncovered the fact that Police forces were doing this almost 10 years ago, just after the system was introduced in 2006, but the information being collected and stored on us has rocketed since then.
Here’s the headline figures:
– 9000 fixed ANPR cameras are recording us every day;
– In one single week last year over 238 Million ANPR photos were taken;
– The Governments database currently holds 22 Billion photographs of us on our daily journeys;
– Police can access these photographs without a warrant;
…and indeed they made over 300,758 checks in 2014, which was up from 194,317 in 2012;
The Information Commissioner’s Office has voiced concerns…
Jonathan Bamford from the ICO said “You’ve really got to ask the question about the extent of ANPR and the amount of records that it’s collecting.
“There are a lot of people going around on their ordinary day to day business doing nothing wrong, innocent individuals. Those are being acquired at the rate of 30 million or so a day and being retained for a number of years.
“You end up with a picture where there’s not a lot of our lives taking place which the state can’t gain access to in some ways.”
But more importantly, what do you think?
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