English cams will see us very well
London – Yes, the digital eyes are there, they are everywhere and continuously record the moves of the British, especially Londoners. But they are eyes that see us wrong , whose footage is often not sufficient to provide identification even in the event of a crime and whose images are often not claimed by the police before being overwritten. Many cams in George Orwell’s country, therefore, but poor, very poor efficiency.
This is supported by a substantial report by the British Home Office (available here in PDF), a report according to which most of the cams accused of starting a disturbing panopticon they are poor quality cams, moreover owned and managed by private individuals whose information use or retention policies do not suit the needs of public security.
As if that were not enough, many of the public operators of CCTV , the acronym that distinguishes the existence of video recording circuits in British public and private environments, do not have direct access to the police network. Which basically means that many of them, even if they encounter a crime or report something to the police, find themselves acting exactly like any other citizen: by calling the police station, which risks extending not little time for any intervention on site.
Compounding the situation, the report argues, is the fact that many cameras initially installed by law enforcement as a measure of crime prevention they were subsequently diverted by the authorities to other uses, such as traffic surveillance, respect for preferential lanes for public transport and similar amenities. “In this context – write the drafters of the report – it seems difficult to believe that those tools can be used to monitor or monitor the area in which they are installed”.
Of the private cams, for example those installed in certain shops, not all are useful for identifying a possible theft, on the contrary they are often used by merchants to check employees first and often positioned in a way that is not very useful for other purposes.
All these problems are listed, evidently, to try to identify a way that transforms the capillary, but disordered network of electronic eyes into a real surveillance service, which is useful. for all security purposes from the alarm for a crime in progress to the use of images as evidence in court.
On page 50 of the report there is a list of recommendations for getting out of the current situation of chaos. There is therefore talk of establishing a CCTV Agency , adopt and disseminate common technological and methodological standards in both the public and private sectors, establish operational guidelines for all public offices and agencies involved, improve communication between police and private individuals authorized to shoot. All seasoned with the identification of continuous public funding for the CCTV sector also aimed at its continuous expansion.