British police snaps 14m motorists daily without their knowledge

British police have been using a nationwide network of cameras to capture images of drivers and other front seat passengers without their knowledge.

As per reports, the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system, which was developed to help police in fight against crime and terrorism, is being used to captures up to 14 million photographs of vehicles and their passengers every day.

The ANPR system identifies vehicles by their number plates and help police intercept suspicious vehicles.

The images of millions of motorists are held on a police database in North London.

Critics argue that the system invades personal privacy. They are of the view that surveillance is necessary but it must be done properly.

Speaking his mind, Claire Corbett from Brunel University’s law school said “There is always a potential danger that the data could be lost, leaked or stolen by a corrupt official.”

Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the civil rights group Liberty, has announced that she would challenge the surveillance system in the court of law.