Monday, 23 February 2009

Closed circuit TV required?

British newssource The Guardian reports that a new pub owner was told by London police that he would not be granted a liquor license (they spell it "licence" across the pond) unless he installed closed circuit television in his pub "capturing the head and shoulders of everyone coming into the pub, to be made available to them upon request." He has so far not complied, insisting that filming his regulars would impinge on their rights. "When was it that the constant erosion of our liberties became irreversible?" he said. The article doesn't say whether he's gotten his license or not.
Britain, with an estimated 4 million closed circuit surveillance cameras in use, has constructed one of the most extensive and technologically advanced surveillance systems in the world in the name of combating terrorism and crime and improving administrative efficiency.

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