Britain now has the most sophisticated traffic surveillance system in the world. British police now say they can monitor every car trip in the U.K. and keep a record for 5 years. Networked with license plate and face recognition software, the information will be incorporated into a database to connect all kinds of personal information and camera observations so the government now knows
what, when, and where you’re doing anything.
Never in America you say? Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is moving ahead with mandatory GPS devices in cars would be read at gas pumps and automatically charge drivers based on miles driven. Along with financial, phone, and other records, this would create quite a database to monitor our activities.
By the way – if you think yellow lights are there as a caution, think again. The Rocky Mountain News found that Denver was shortening the length of yellow lights to increase the number of tickets – thus increasing the money in city coffers. After a state law adding a second to yellow lights made them unprofitable, Georgia cancelled their contract for stop light cameras.
It’s always good to know how our government is looking out for us….
Source: The Wall Street Journal