I had to laugh at this when i was reading BBC news today. Not because BBC news is particularly funny, on the contrary, since most of our news is dominated by youths getting stabbed up in London… innit blood?
No. The reason i was laughing is because Google are facing some issues with street mapping in the UK, yes thats right, the UK. The country which has the most CCTV cameras pointed at its citizens in the world!
Apparently Privacy International wrote to Google asking what measures can be taken to keep people anonymous.
“We’ve spoken to Google in the past about this and received a snide response telling us to look more closely at their blogs.
“We’ve been told by engineers at Google that the technology is not ready to be deployed.”
Now lets just look at some stats about CCTV Camera’s in the UK shall we?
- The UK has 1% of the world’s population and 20% of the world’s CCTV cameras
- Croydon has more CCTV cameras than New York
- London’s Metropolitan Police Force have approximately 200,000 cameras installed around the capital
- Almost every bank cash machine in the country uses CCTV to record you making your transaction – bet you can’t see the camera!
- The UK has more CCTV cameras per head of population than ANY other country. About one camera for every 14 people
- Harrods London store has in excess of 500 CCTV cameras installed
- It is estimated that there are in excess of 4 million CCTV cameras in the UK, approximately 20% of the World’s total
- In London you are likely to be caught on camera 300 times a day
So with all that to think about, is anyone really going to be bothered with the tiny percentage chance of being caught by a Google street view camera… i think not!