Friday, January 05, 2007
Lampposts Have Ears
Those of you worried by the number of CCTV appliances that Nanny has erected (can I say erected?) throughout the length and breadth of the country, may now have cause for further concern.
Nanny's chums in the police and much respected local councils are considering attaching microphones to cameras, so that Nanny can eavesdrop on conversations in the street.
Seemingly, the microphones can detect conversations 100 yards away and record aggressive exchanges before they become violent.
Police, councils and transport officials in London have shown an interest in installing them before the 2012 Olympics.
There are more than 4.2m CCTV cameras in the UK, with the average person being filmed more than 300 times a day.
Don't worry though, the Association of Chief Police Officers has said that a full public debate over the microphones' impact on privacy will be needed before they can be introduced.
So that's alright then!