Dundee Council is to spend over £500k on new CCTV cameras that can track people and flag ‘unusual scene activity’ such as ‘loitering’.
Director of Big Brother Watch, Silkie Carlo, said:
We’re alarmed to hear about plans to monitor Dundee with these Big Brother style surveillance cameras. People have the right to be free and do whatever they want in public spaces, as long as they’re not breaking the law.
The idea of cameras sending off automated alerts about ‘unusual’ activity or ‘loitering’ is absurd and narrows the space for people to freely enjoy public spaces in whatever way they want to.
This is yet another appalling example of the growing surveillance state – we urge the council to drop these plans.
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