Cameras set up by the Highways Agency to calculate journey times are now being used by the police and MI5. The cameras read number plates of cars on all motorways and major trunk roads. They are capable of recording the time date and location of the vehicle and information will be stored for five years.
There are 1090 cameras in total and they are set up on the UK’s entire motorway network. All information read by the cameras in now linked to a police database which is part of an operation backed by £32 million of government money.
Privacy campaigners have attacked the use of the cameras. Simon Davies, of Privacy International, said: ‘This is the latest layer in a plan to monitor people from the second they leave their front door to the moment they return. It is being constructed in secret.’