Data collection and use by police

Quite a bit of irony here when thinking about the debate on whether ISPs should collect data and keep it available to police. The ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) considers that the sheer number of CCTV data makes it unusable to the police to track suspects! What a waste of money and time of all those concern who opposed the CCTV coverage in England. As politicians do not seem to agree (fear factor?), it may well be a long time before we see less CCTV
ACPO: Police swamped by CCTV data” (, 15 May 2009)

and “UK Police Learn That More Surveillance Data Doesn’t Mean Better Surveillance Data” (TechDirt, 18 May 2009)

The above obviously should make us think about any type of data mass collection: “Bad Idea: UK Launches Database Of Info On Every Child” (TechDirt, 18 May 2009)

Update: “British Cops Creating Nationwide License-Plate Surveillance System” (TechDirt 22 May 2009)

About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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