Automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) — one of the largest non-military surveillance networks in the world — is being used by police to enforce travel restrictions in the UK.
The system captures 40 million cars every day and operates in a legal vacuum.
Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch said:
“We long warned that this enormous surveillance network would be used for low level offences as long as it operated in such a legal vacuum.
“The fact that this vast database is being exploited for these purposes despite originating from a counter-terror context is a warning to us all about the expansion and endurance of emergency measures.”