Oct 072010
 October 7, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Steven Morris reports:

Police were criticised today for inventing intelligence to persuade civilian CCTV operators to snoop on suspected drink-drivers outside pubs.

Officers in Devon were said to have regularly asked operators to watch for people who might be over the drink-drive limit by making up false information about them.

Campaign group Liberty said the disclosure was a reminder that there was scope for CCTV cameras to be abused. Adrian Sanders, the Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay, said the practice was unacceptable. “There are strict guidelines between the sharing of intelligence between police and other agencies and similar controls with what happens as a result of sharing that intelligence,” he said.

Read more in the Guardian.

Via @igeldard

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