Tuesday, March 31, 2009

EUROPEAN UNION PLANNING TO SPY ON ALL CARS

Guardian, UK - The government is backing a project to install a "communication box" in new cars to track the whereabouts of drivers anywhere in Europe, the Guardian can reveal.

Under the proposals, vehicles will emit a constant "heartbeat" revealing their location, speed and direction of travel. The EU officials behind the plan believe it will significantly reduce road accidents, congestion and carbon emissions. A consortium of manufacturers has indicated that the router device could be installed in all new cars as early as 2013. . .

The Guardian has been given unpublished documents detailing the proposed uses for the system. They confirm that it could have profound implications for privacy, enabling cars to be tracked to within a meter - more accurate than current satellite navigation technologies. . .

Roads in the UK are already subject to the closest surveillance of any in the world. Police control a database that is fed information from automatic number plate recognition (cameras, and are able to deduce the journeys of as many as 10 million drivers a day. Details are stored for up to five years.

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