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School CCTV concerns teachers

Source: BBC


Many teachers say they are concerned about “hidden” surveillance cameras located in their schools.

A snapshot survey of 249 primary and secondary school teachers suggested 84.6% had CCTV in their school.

The research, conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), also suggested more than half – 52.9% – said it made them feel safer.

But 23.4% were concerned there may be hidden cameras whose existence was kept from both staff and pupils.

Although 97.6% of teachers said CCTV was primarily used for security purposes, 49.5% said it was used for monitoring pupil behaviour.

The majority of those questioned – 76.7% – said surveillance cameras were positioned at the entrance to their school, and almost 10% said they had cameras in their school’s toilets.

If school life is designed to ready children for adult working life, you can see where this is going. Constant surveillance, conformity to state rules, loyalty to globalism and not your country, and the use of biometrics for transactions. Who wants to bet none of these children know of the existence of Magna Carta or the Bill of Rights.


Anger at plans for EU wide police force with powers to snoop on Britons

Do not expect these EU Kommissars to ask you for your opinion on this subject either (like everything else). They just expect you to comply.

Source: Daily Mail

Vast amounts of personal data on British citizens will be sent abroad, under advancing plans for a European-wide police force.

EU ministers have also called for top-secret intelligence to be pooled between the 27 member states – and shared with US authorities.

National police forces would be integrated, and a European-wide police force or ‘gendarmerie’ set up to fight crime across national borders.

They say the controversial proposals for an ‘Euro-atlantic area of cooperation’ would help control terrorism, organised crime and illegal immigration.

But critics fear exchanging volumes of intelligence material would be detrimental to Britain’s security.

The 53-page report was drafted by ministers from six member states – Germany, France, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

A blueprint for security policy over the next five years, it took 18 months to prepare and has already been sent to all EU heads of government.

It argues that European police forces and intelligence services should be far more closely integrated, and ‘coordinated’ from Brussels.

The plans do not rule out foreign police officers being allowed to patrol British streets. Continue reading

CCTV doesn’t keep us safe, yet the cameras are everywhere

Source: The Guardian

Bruce Schneier


Pervasive security cameras don’t substantially reduce crime. There are exceptions, of course, and that’s what gets the press. Most famously, CCTV cameras helped catch James Bulger’s murderers in 1993. And earlier this year, they helped convict Steve Wright of murdering five women in the Ipswich area. But these are the well-publicised exceptions. Overall, CCTV cameras aren’t very effective.

This fact has been demonstrated again and again: by a comprehensive study for the Home Office in 2005, by several studies in the US, and again with new data announced last month by New Scotland Yard. They actually solve very few crimes, and their deterrent effect is minimal.

Conventional wisdom predicts the opposite. But if that were true, then camera-happy London, with something like 500,000, would be the safest city on the planet. It isn’t, of course, because of technological limitations of cameras, organisational limitations of police and the adaptive abilities of criminals.

To some, it’s comforting to imagine vigilant police monitoring every camera, but the truth is very different. Most CCTV footage is never looked at until well after a crime is committed. When it is examined, it’s very common for the viewers not to identify suspects. Lighting is bad and images are grainy, and criminals tend not to stare helpfully at the lens. Cameras break far too often. The best camera systems can still be thwarted by sunglasses or hats. Even when they afford quick identification — think of the 2005 London transport bombers and the 9/11 terrorists — police are often able to identify suspects without the cameras. Cameras afford a false sense of security, encouraging laziness when we need police to be vigilant.

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Further reading:

The Truth About CCTV
Almost all CCTV systems are illegal, says expert

The Truth About CCTV

FM Watkins

There is something of a continual debate here in the UK regarding CCTV. On one side are those who see the technology as a benefit, to catching criminals etc, they usually have had something happen to them, or know someone who has so it is a lot more personal. Otherwise they just use the ‘well if you have nothing to hide…’ argument.

From The Guardian:

Your private life on show to civil servants? More bureaucrats, local and national, having access to your personal information – through data-sharing and data-matching between government databases, through access to your telephone and email data, through the national database that will lie behind a “smart” identity card. Your health records on tap to researchers by ministerial order – your doctor can’t say no. Local authorities, even health trusts, able to put you under covert surveillance.

I am firmly in the ‘NO CCTV’ camp. The idea that the ever-growing parasitic corporate government and its equally corrupt subsidiaries have eyes (and now ears and mouths) watching almost every square metre of Britain does not encourage the concept of a free people. Most people who bleat on about CCTV have little or no idea about how prevalent it is, who has access to it and the potential for function creep.

I am going to address some of these issues now. Continue reading