A comprehensive guide to the use of technology for the purposes of surveillance in the UK.
SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY IN THE UK SURVEILLANCE DRONES ALREADY USED BY POLICE IN O MERSEYSIDE O ESSEX O STAFFORDSHIRE USED FOR O FINDING MISSING PERSONS O ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS O AFTERMATH OF TERRORIST ATTACKS a NUMBER PLATE RECOGNITION 1970s Automatic number plate recognition or ANPR was invented. 1990s Used by police to combat terrorism. READS 8-10 MILLION First time ANPR is used PLATES PER DAY 2000s on a large scale. CCTV CCTV is effective after the event of a crime. It detects the perpetrator and can help bring the individual to justice. CCTV cameras are at the forefront of the government’s drive against anti-social behaviour. A 2005 Home Office report revealed that CCTV was not SUccessful. It didn’t stop crime, it just moved it away from the cameras. It also didn’t make people feel any safer. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 4.2 MILLION CCTV CAMERAS IN THE UK BUGGING THE INTERCEPTION OF TELEPHONE AND INTERNET CONTENT IS GOVERNED BY THE REGULATION OF INVESTIGATORY ACT 2000 95% OF SERIOUS CRIME CONVICTIONS USE COMMUNICATIONS DATA COMMUNICATIONS DATA CAN BE ACCESSED BY 474 LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN THE UK AND 110 FURTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES a DATABASES : THERE ARE A HUGE NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DATABASES. THEY RECORD INFORMATION ON OUR HEALTH, EDUCATION, WELFARE ETC. MANY ARE THOUGHT OF AS CONTROVERSIAL, UNSAFE OR ILLEGAL. EG. THE ONSET DATABASE PREDICTS WHICH CHILDREN WILL OFFEND. & IN 2007 THE GOVERNMENT LOST A COPY OF THE CHILD BENEFIT DATABASE. SOURCE: FOCUS http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/whos watching you/7978415.sim IMAGE CREDITS: http://www.ovelf.com/2010/03/30/ardrone- quadricopter/?lang=en https://jira.gliffy.com/browse/LASZLO-546 INTELLIGENCE www.focustraining.co.uk