Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years. Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.
Have you ever heard the term TMI? Too much information? Well, government officials in Britian are going to have WAY too much information. And it is going to be abused, misused and generally taken advantage of, because government officials are petty and human just like the rest of us. I don’t think government officials need two years worth of your movement records on file. I would have to work to circumvent this system if I were British. I would imagine that a new market for tracking circumvention electronics will soon be thriving in Britian.
But don’t listen to me, listen to noted security expert Bruce Schneier.