Today I responded to the consultation on a 'Draft national surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales' published by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. My response is below: >I have pursued a number of issues on ANPR over … [Read more...] about Response to draft CCTV strategy
I was invited to address the National ANPR Conference in York on 22 November about my work to modernise accountability and scrutiny of the vital ANPR system. As ever when addressing a police conference I was struck by the professionalism, skill and … [Read more...] about National ANPR conference 2016 – speech on challenge and oversight
A meeting of the embryonic Automatic Number Plate Recognition privacy advisory group on 10 November was told that the Metropolitan Police are planning to delete of some 4 billion items of vehicle movement data, most held years beyond their retention … [Read more...] about Police planning to delete billions of personal journey records
The UK police forces' automatic number plate recognition systems form arguably the world's largest civilian surveillance system, taking about 1 billion number plate reads a year. Some years ago I was put on a panel to help the criminal justice … [Read more...] about ANPR – steps towards modern governance?
Since writing about ANPR towards the end of last year I have had a constructive dialogue with police officers about the operation of ANPR. I wrote to Bernard Hogan-Howe in November and today received a reply from the officer in charge about the … [Read more...] about ANPR – Met Police explain the ‘Olympic Feed’ and data retention
The Automatic Number Plate Recognition system in the UK requires a governance structure to ensure its safe and legal operation as a crime and terrorism fighting tool. My conversations with senior police operating the system suggests that they would … [Read more...] about ANPR – towards a regulatory structure for probably the world’s largest civilian-run surveillance system