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A joint project by the Metropolitan Police and London's Westminster Council to put CCTV onto the Internet has received substantial financial backing from Google, The Register has learned. On completion of the first phase, practically every square inch of Central London - including narrow alleyways, council debating chambers and …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Not as bad as that silly Panda to be fair.

    Merry April Fools all.

  2. Duncan Carter
    Paris Hilton


    This may be an April fools, but I can see it happening in my life time...

    Paris, cos I wouldn't mind surveilling her...

  3. Eddie

    What's the date?

    One of these articles has to be a fool, and this one seems the most likely...

    ,...unless it's me, of course.

  4. jonathan keith


    I hope that DS Visconti's chief is called DI Antonioni

  5. CeeJay


    I guess there's no need for me to check my calendar, is there.

  6. Law
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    almost had me...

    Sounded like the usual crazy crap they would say to get more camera's up there - I was so filled with outrage I completely forgot the day.... well done el-reg, good game sir.

  7. Stuart Elliott


    Excellent, that should get the veins in the foreheads popping in the "privacy" whiners.

  8. Paul

    low productivity

    Arsene Ghia is a very occasional contributor. More from this hack please!

  9. Rocket

    WOT no ufo angle?

    Seriously? I'm not believing any of the stories on El Reg, today of all days.

    You shouldn't joke about things like this because some exec (or labour MP) will take a look and think 'Hmm. Great idea!'

  10. OFI


    As someone who lives OUTside of London this sounds pretty cool :-D

    Not sure how i'd feel about it if I was a resident though..

    This could bring e-stalking to a WHOLE new level...

  11. umacf24

    Excellent, well done

    Waiting all morning for this.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Very drole

    >who are to be equipped with helmet cameras as part of a one year pilot study.

    Sounds like essential viewing for Whackoff Jacqui's husband.

  13. Paul McConkey

    Ha ha ha ha ha!

    You had me right up to the last paragraph!

    Arsene Ghia - who thought that one up!

  14. Anonymous Coward

    I so nearly...

    ....fell for that one :-)

    All ready to vent my anger in true Reg comment style...

  15. John Routledge
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    The Reg's April Fool's stories get subtler every year.

  16. Dave Ross

    Oh my god...

    Yet another assault on the privacy of the average man on the street, this is disgusting!

    (oh, and by the way, happy april the first!)

  17. Eponymous Cowherd
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    Here's hoping....

    that the Moderatrtix publishes all of the rants first.

  18. D C Whitworth
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    London 2.0 ?

    Love it ! Great idea ;-)

  19. Steve


    Good to see that El Reg has it's collective Arsene Ghia this April 1st

  20. The Mole
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    Googles contribution

    Presumably Google will be contributing the technology to blur everybodies faces and number plates so that it doesn't fall foul of the DPA and be a total privacy nightmare. What the benefit of it will be I don't know?

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh look..

    It's the first of April..

  22. Alex Clark

    Nice try!

    Almost fell for it......not :)

  23. mrlumpy
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    Only a start

    I have been involved with this project working with my colleague Avril Poisson and I think this will bring many benefits to all residents of London initially and then the rest of the country as we widen the scope of th eporject.

  24. Ed


    I am far from convinced of the reliability of this story! Although if it were published on any other day I wouldn't have much difficulty in believing it.

  25. Anonymous Coward

    London Live!

    Today is of course All Fools Day. Nice article though. The all seeing Sauron would laugh at the efforts to integrate all this 'stuff'.

    PC Nein Nein Nein

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  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    can i be first to note the day!

  29. Jord

    The Google machine

    "Basically, it shouldn't be about surveillance at all, it should be about sharing. That's when we got the call from Google - it was almost as if they'd been listening to our meetings."

    Did anyone else experience a chill running up their spine and some very loud ringing alarm bells in their head when they read this...?

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    cctv does not prevent crime

    It just means we can watch it afterwards.... if this were not true then we would have seen a dramatic drop in crime since the introduction of CCTV... and we haven't.

  31. BoldMan
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    Oh and the date is...

    Nice try, almost convincing but the last para really let the cat out of the bag :)

  32. Benny
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    Now I can spy on people from the comfort of my house!

  33. Dave Harris

    Very Good

    Better than the Grauniad's Twitter story at least

    and welcome Mr "Ghia"

  34. PaddyR

    ha ha sharing

    shark whale spotted by "google police ltd" being battered by steven fry in the back of chippie van.

    I offered my webcam to google, they said they had filled their middle aged men with hands down their pants quota.

  35. floweracre
    Paris Hilton


    "one of the planet's greatest cities" - have you been there recently!

    Why Paris? - now there's one of the worlds GREAT cities

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This guy only writes...

    ... one article a year.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    You can never be taken seriously as a credible news source while you continue to engage in juvenile behavior like this.

    I thought only children and overly-excitable Americans still pulled April Fools pranks?

  38. Richard

    I smell cow faeces

    April the first, if you released this story tomorrow I might have believed you

    Cynical Bastard :-)

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    April the 1st

    Not sure if its this article, the spanking or the £1250 phone thats taking the urine.

  40. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    On any other day of the year you could believe that they would propose something like this - but realising what date it is I'll dismiss it as the Reg's April the 1st article - hopefully...

  41. Bassey

    ha ha

    That is all

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    "I'm a Londoner, get me out of here"

    haha! Excellent.

    Y'know in all seriousness, we may see it one day yet the way things are going...

  43. Robert Grant

    Haha, you actually had me for a minute.


  44. McParland

    April Fool

    Nice one.

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Well, I can't believe it's that day already

    "Met video ops chief DS Visconti " - yes, very good.

    Paris, because I understand she quite likes to appear on video and probably wouldn't mind working under DS Visconti.

  46. Mr Larrington
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    Is that Luchino Visconti, by any chance?

  47. Gary Littlemore
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    April Foold

    Arsene Ghia only makes post on the 1st April... You can't kid a kidda.

  48. Anonymous Coward

    Still not as believeable... a continuancy Presidency

  49. Code Monkey

    1st April

    8/10 not bad.

  50. Sam
    Black Helicopters

    April Fools :)

    Although adding Google to the mix does add some credibility


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