Thursday, April 16, 2009

A few reasons to oppose red light cameras

In a concise editorial in the Wall Street Journal, Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. points out several reasons why all Americans should oppose this infringement on our liberties. Money quote:

Britain has gone furthest in using cameras for comprehensive auto surveillance, and now says it's capable of monitoring every car trip in the U.K. and keeping a record for five years. Most traffic cameras are "on" all the time, and capable of being networked with plate- and even face-recognition software. In Britain, the data yielded will be incorporated in a database of all kinds of personal information and camera observations to enable "data mining" to let the government know who's doing what, when and where.

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