Worrying article in the Sunday Times: “Spy bugs may be deployed for 2012 Olympics“.
The police have looked at how the Chinese conducted their surveillance for the last Olympics, and are considering re-using some of their ideas. Such as:
- bugging taxis to listen in to any incriminating conversations
- using microchips on tickets and passes to track the movements of athletes, journalists and spectators
- facial recognition CCTV
What I find most frightening is the final line:
“Alan Campbell, the Home Office minister, has revealed that the Home Office is investigating technology that would allow police to halt a vehicle remotely“
Does anyone seriously consider that might be a good idea? Especially in the hands of the Metropolitan Police, or any other police force in this country.