Re: ANPR Tagging and strategic use of ANPR at grid "pinch points" is becoming commonplace.
Surveillance has gone past the point of keeping people safe to mainstream defacto monitoring of the population/vehicles.
Even remote rural areas of the UK (that see little crime or justification for this technology) are being fitted out with expensive ANPR Cameras at strategic "pinch points" in order to section areas into grids or sectors and create ANPR 'trip wires" as vehicles pass through them.
If you know an area, you can look where these cameras have been positioned and you realise they aren't mounted randomly but very strategically, on roads between towns where the number of potential routes is limited, where traffic gets funnelled, forced to take a certain route "pinch point". i.e. a bridge crossing, a single hill that gives access to the upper part of town, a main coastal road.
It's disturbing and undemocratic, there is absolutely no oversight regarding its deployment.
If you complain, put your head above the parapet, expect your car to be tagged for little reason, as you are seen as a someone that must be dishonest to notice this technology going up.
The use of this technology should be transparent because if used in certain ways, it can distort democracy.
Every electronic device on our streets "monitoring/collecting data" e.g. electronic road signs, should have marker where you can look up online exactly what resolution of video/image/audio is being collected. What processing of the image is taking place - facial/ANPR, what cross-referencing is taking place against say, Government databases.
Where this data is being stored, what is the purpose/justification and who has access to it and what is the criteria being used to access such data/images. How many times has this data has been accessed.
You get the point.
None of this is happening, there is an underlying network of technology going on around us, building up, which we know very little about, but is extremely powerful to those with access to it.