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Big Brother meets Big Ben

2005-12-22 21:46:42.597791+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

When Nancy forwarded me the news about Britain's planned vehicle movement tracking system, that would track the movements of every automobile and truck in that country and hold the data for two years, she did not say "Holy fuck, is that ripe for abuse or what?", so I'll say it. Yow, I guess when you've been softened up by years of IRA violence you'll submit to anything, but I hope that we here in the U.S. are smarter than this. Really I do.

Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.

Wow. So what is a country that's headed the right direction in terms of government control and civil liberties?

[Title is courtesy of Nancy, too]

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-12-22 23:18:11.930104+00 by: DaveP

I've asked myself that question more than once, and keep coming up empty.

The best possilbe answer anyone has suggested is Somalia. Or if you have a lot of money, some sort of Latin American kleptocracy.

Stop the Earth. I want to get off.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-12-23 03:34:21.894462+00 by: meuon [edit history]

In the US, they just use your cell phones. Non-GPS cell phones are still often trackable by triangulation from signal strength data from the towers. Register Story was just posted as well.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-12-23 08:45:05.044003+00 by: Dan Lyke

As a matter of fact, a court in New York has ruled that cell phone tracking doesn't need a warrant.