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Satellite Tracking of All Cars: “When Not If”

The Government has been considering congestion charging based on road use. Under the scheme every car would have a tracking device attached. Satellite technology would then be used to track every car journey made. This personal information would be recorded centrally and drivers billed for their road use.

The privacy implications are obvious and frightening.

It seems that in the wake of Big Blunkett’s ID Card announcement privacy concerns are now irrelevant. Transport Secretary Alistair Darling is to push ahead with the plan. Darling has appointed Professor David Begg to head a committee to consider the practicalities.

Begg said:

“It is now a matter of when, not if. Six months ago it was on the shelf, but Mr Darling is now very serious about it.”

BBC Report here

Cross-posted from The Chestnut Tree Cafe

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