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So the Bobbies are testing out a remote control helicopter armed with high resolution cameras to monitor "criminals". The quote in the entirely too short article quotes, "'It is a cost-effective way to deal with situations where you have to deploy a lot of officers,' said Louise Burton, spokeswoman for Merseyside Police Force."
This surprised me. I know that the UK has cameras pretty much everywhere that can be construed as "public space" however this makes me very uneasy. I suppose it is cheaper than a helicopter, but that just means it will be used more than helicopters are currently. I don't know that it will have much actual utility, but the fact that the nation will know that there are hovering cameras potentially anywhere will have a huge effect. I don't like the idea of my city being a panopticon regardless of how low the crime rate is. Not having privacy anywhere I go is not a nice feeling. And as far as I know, there isn't any law stopping police from looking into your windows without a warrant.
So, D&D, is this just another "who cares" step to fight crime at the expense of a bit of privacy or is this some orwellian shit?