2012 Olympic CCTV Plan is illegal, says rights group

January 14th, 2009 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan.14 (ANI): A human rights group has warned an advanced CCTV surveillance system being developed for the London 2012 Olympics is illegal.
According to a Sky News report, the DYVINE system would allow a central police control room to remotely tap-in to any CCTV network in London and plot the information on a detailed 3D map.
Defence company EADS, which is developing the system, hopes it will provide a key policing tool in what some have described as Britain’’s greatest peace-time security challenge.
Number-plate recognition cameras as well as private networks, like those of a shopping centre or car park, would all be accessible to allow authorities to track suspects throughout the capital.
Advanced computer intelligence systems would assist officers by filtering out all but the most relevant CCTV feeds coming into the control room.
This would reduce time normally spent scrambling from one camera to the next.
Human rights group Liberty, however, has warned that, as the law currently stands, such a system would not be legal.
Spokeswoman Isabella Sankey said: “Effectively somebody can be monitored 24-hours-a-day as they go about their business, so this is a fundamental shift in what CCTV can do.”
The British Home Office said: “The Government is committed to ensuring a safe and secure London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Our plan for security has already been circulated to key stakeholders. (ANI)

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