CCTV cameras should be licensed and taxed
Friday, 27 June 2008 08:57

 With more than 4 million CCTV cameras, that's one for every 14 people in the UK, it's time they were regulated, licensed and taxed.

Given the labour government obsession with control freakery and running our lives it's amazing that there is no regulation and licensing of CCTV cameras. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can put one up, plus a small notice in an out-of-the-way place saying something like 'images are being recorded for security purposes, this equipment is controlled by Fred Bloggs' and that's all that is needed.

Who is looking at these images and what are they doing with them?

How do we know that there is not an army of government watchers observing our every move and imagining the worst about each of us?

The government must ensure that they are not msused, that's where licensing comes in, and of course this all has to be paid for, so a levy of around  £100 per camera would be a reasonable starting point.

In addition the images should be subject to the same strict conditions that apply to data stored by companies in their databases, which means we need a regulator and registrar, all of which will be paid for by the levy. Government would not need to worry about security - they are not capable of keeping the coffee rota secret.


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