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Angels to watch over us? Hexacopter Dawn!

By johnboy 22 September 2011 24

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has is alarmed by the fruit of his FOI cultivation into point to point cameras.

Information obtained by ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister, Alistair Coe, shows the governments point-to-point speed cameras can be used for car tracking by unmanned aerial vehicles or ‘drones’.

“This shocking revelation from an Australian Federal Police Representative on the Point-to-Point Camera Steering Committee shows the cameras could be used for drones to follow ‘vehicles of interest’ until police interception could be performed,” Mr Coe said.

    ‘….a specific benefit would derive if the P2P cameras were linked to UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)
    which could track vehicles of interest until police interception could be safely performed.'(AFP
    Representative, Point-to-Point Camera Steering Committee, 18 June 2010).

“The representative also said the cameras could be used to detect other vehicles of interest:

    ‘…The use of the P2P cameras to detect unregistered, stolen and other vehicles of interest would
    provide ongoing and longer term benefits of the project.'(AFP Representative, Point-to-Point Camera
    Steering Committee, 18 June 2010).

“This confirms my concerns about the capacity for point-to-point cameras to be used for mass surveillance, with every single car that passes being tracked in a centralised database.

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poetix 10:59 am 25 Sep 11

Gungahlin Al said :

This story has made it onto overseas media: http://io9.com/5843465/australian-police-want-aerial-surveillance-drones-to-track-license-plates-and-monitor-cars-of-interest

Thanks for this link. It’s a great web-site.

johnboy 12:30 pm 23 Sep 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Without commenting on the topic itself, I can’t help but find this complaint ironic given that Liberals are traditional pushing for more policing in every respect. Not when it is someone else’s idea?

More policing of other people Al. This is policing of their own sort of people. Less keen then it seems.

Gungahlin Al 12:23 pm 23 Sep 11

Without commenting on the topic itself, I can’t help but find this complaint ironic given that Liberals are traditional pushing for more policing in every respect. Not when it is someone else’s idea?

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