Big Brother Watch has often reported on the potential intrusiveness of CCTV cameras, for example here, here & here. But today we hear a story which proves just how bad it can get. Residents of Mold in Flintshire, North Wales are understandably concerned after they realised one camera on their street actually looks into their houses.
The camera was installed two months ago, supposedly to monitor the anti-social behaviour of young people in a trouble hotspot opposite the houses. However, residents noticed the lens was in fact pointing at their houses and into their living rooms. North Wales Police and Flintshire Council, instead of apologising for their mistake and removing the offending camera, chose to release the following statement:
“We work closely to respond to concerns about anti-social behaviour. This particular camera was installed at the request of local residents to monitor behaviour outside nearby shops. Images recorded by the camera would only be viewed if there had been an issue.”
“The camera, one of several bought by Flintshire Community Safety Partnership, is not part of the county’s public space CCTV network. The cameras are available to North Wales Police to use in areas where anti-social behaviour is causing a problem to local residents.”
This is an absolute scandal which should be rectified immediately. There is no legitimate reason whatsoever to have CCTV cameras looking into the living rooms of innocent people without any justification.
For the full story, click here
If you would like to contact Flintshire council to ask when they will remove this intrusive camera:
Telephone: 01352 703020