Thursday, March 22, 2007
Never let it be said that Nanny is not innovative, when it comes to thinking up new was of monitoring the day to day lives of her charges.
Aside from the many thousands of CCTV cameras in place throughout the country, Nanny is working on new ways to film our lives.
Step forward her chums in Ealing council, who have come up with a real corker of an idea. They are to put cameras into baked bean cans, and house bricks, in order to monitor what people throw away and when they throw it away.
Nanny's chums in Ealing are concerned about "enviro-criminals", people who leave out black bags when they should not or let the contents spill on to the pavement.
Nanny's chums in Tory run Ealing, which had the dirtiest streets in London in 2004, said:
"To catch vandals and envirocriminals,
cameras disguised as anything from tin cans
to house bricks will email images
to the council's CCTV control centre."
That's all very well, but how do the people of Ealing know that the images collected may not be used for other forms of surveillance or just simply nosey spying by some bored operative?
The essential issue here, as with all forms of surveillance by Nanny, is that people simply do not trust the state not to misuse and abuse the surveillance equipment.