For the obvious reason that this sort of image is completely useless without a nightvision filter of some sort.
Forget Google's Street View - Transport for London is the new black when it comes to privacy-busting surveillance black ops, if this live traffic camera image captured yesterday is anything to go by: TfL camera in Richmond showing couple in bed We're not quite sure what's going on here and how it affects the flow of traffic …
I hope the owners of that house sue TFL, its not like that's an accident, one of the camera operators has clearly noticed that they can focus through someone's window and straight at their bed and made a clear decision to do so.
Like biometric data storage, traffic cams - great idea in principal but its operated by humans, so it'll get abused.
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There have been several incidents reported where cameras have been directed in an inappropriate direction.
In Toronto a camera mounted atop a Bell Canada building was frequently observed scanning a nearby high-end condominium apartment block which was 90 degrees off it's designated target - the Don Valley Parkway.
In some jurisdictions screens have been affixed to camera mounts to prevent the lens 'accidentally' capturing inappropriate images or invading privacy. Speed trap/traffic light cameras are not permitted to photograph facial images of occupants.
Of course, in Britain the government seems to pursue a policy of zero privacy, except for MPs expense claims.
"They (the people in charge) have always said the proceedures prevent this kind of behaviour!"
Okay well we don't do pre-crime this isn't the minority report - but it is a criminal offence.. Be interesting to know what happend, looks a bit high for <drunk person> to have messed with it.
Tried looking for the camera. Found it, along with a message stating "This camera is currently unavailable for operational reasons". What's the betting it is STILL looking for rumpy-pumpy, only now the operator has been smart enough to unplug it from the rest of the world.
What? Cynical? Meee?
It took me less then five minutes to find the address of house in question http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=51.458285,-0.31693&spn=0,359.991674&z=17&layer=c&cbll=51.458341,-0.316819&panoid=8-hhpTkDk_gu55d9fATBgw&cbp=12,218.05,,0,-5.09 and the name of the registered householder (I leave that to the reader). I would hope that some considerate lawyer writes to the occupants to offer their services in obtaining just reward for the entertainment they have provided. At the very least, they should be given a free Oyster card. Then we could track them online all day.
Mines the one with nothing (left) to hide.
Look through the front window of most houses, you'll see the same. And during the day, most people leave their curtains open because (yes indeed, Gizmo123) they've got nothing to hide.
I don't care if the world knows I go to work and leave my bed unmade. Big deal. Sure, privacy is important when you want/need privacy - and that's why curtains were invented. You want to leave the curtains open, don't be surprised that people can see you. Yeah, a pervy camera operator could be looking in, but so could anyone passing on the street outside, so it's not exactly something that needs New, Improved Laws with Super-Enforcement. (Washes whiter than white, unless you're black, wearing a turban, protesting or taking photos, in which case harsher stain-removal methods may be required. Civil rights not included. Battery very definitely included.)
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