Despite growing concerns over the UK sleep-walking into a surveillance society
, 20 more English towns (including London) have signed on for talking CCTV cameras
. Already, an estimated 4.2 million CCTV cameras already installed across Britain. The new talkies are expected to cost about £500,000 (nearly $1 million) and target those who "litter our streets, vandalise our communities and damage our properties," according to Home Secretary John Reid. He goes on to state that the original trials in Middlesbrough were "hugely popular" where the local councillor says they've prevented fights, criminal damage, and cut litter levels. Is that enough? Cue the Orwellian dystopia chatter... now.
[Thanks Paul, Image courtesy of Peter Marshall