Is Nick Clegg right – are traffic cams a ‘Trojan Horse’?

by Stephen Tall on July 18, 2007

A new Home Office proposal, accidentally released today, suggests road pricing cameras could be used by police to track drivers’ movements in England and Wales.

The Lib Dem shadow home secretary, Nick Clegg, is quoted in this BBC Online report:

With this unintended act of open government the disingenuous attitude of ministers towards public fears about a creeping surveillance state is revealed for all to see.

Bit by bit vast computer databases are being made inter-operable and yet the government seems to be running scared of a full and public debate on the safeguards needed to make such information sharing acceptable.

The government appears to be using the London cameras as a Trojan Horse to secure unprecedented access to information on car drivers’ movements without full public scrutiny or debate.