Duncan's blog

June 8, 2009

Police considering Chinese-style spying measures for 2012 Olympics

Big Brother is watching youWorrying 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.

Thanks to OurWorld OurSay for tweeting this originally.

Photo from surfstyle‘s Flickr stream. Creative Commons license.


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