Hertfordshire police: ‘We’ll still use ANPR cameras’

PUBLISHED: 12:40 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:40 30 July 2013

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Daniel Wilson

DESPITE a ticking off by the information commissioner Hertfordshire Constabulary has vowed to continue using ANPR cameras.

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Herts police were ordered to dismantle its ‘ring of steel’ Big Brother cameras from around Royston, after falling foul of concerns under the Data Protection Act and the European Convention Human Rights.

The cameras in Royston were so omnipotent that it was possible to track every journey into and out of the town.

In spite of the ruling by the civil liberties watchdog, the force insisted it would still use the number plate scanning technology in Welwyn Hatfield, Potters Bar and the rest of the county.

A spokesman said: “The Constabulary takes very seriously its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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We share the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) view that ANPR cameras should be used only on justifiable grounds.”

He added: “In conclusion, the Constabulary intends to continue using ANPR cameras, which deliver very substantial policing benefits, but also to ensure that its particular deployment of such cameras is – and is seen to be – fully justified.

“We look forward to working with the commissioner to achieve those objectives.”

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