Over the past few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of Police forces and local councils who have been installed ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras in order to monitor cars going in and out of particular locations or along particular stretches of road.
In Northern Ireland alone, figures obtained last year by the Belfast Telegraph showed that the Police Service of Northern Ireland had spent nearly £13 million on a wide-ranging system designed to monitor those going in and out of Belfast City Centre. As we argued at the time, the uses to which it might be put in the sensitive context of Northern Ireland are very troubling and have severe implications for freedom of movement, expression and association.
A concerned Big Brother Watch supporter in the province has, therefore, established a website which aims to expose the locations of the cameras and how they are used - and indeed, abused.
You can view the website here. We wish them the very best of luck in their campaign.