On Thu, Dec 15, 2005 at 04:31:36AM -0000, John Levine wrote:
> An article in Wikipedia says that congestion tolls in London (UK) are
> also collected automatically by taking pictures of license plates.

Yes, the London congestion charge. There were some horror stories about
trouble with the ANPR* technology in the first weeks, but now it's just
ticking over in the background and appears to be working. There is
almost certainly a feed to MI5 (internal security) of the whole thing.

The UK government has various plans for rolling out tracking technology
more widely, such as ANPR cameras on motorways for detecting speeding,
or GPS devices for national road pricing. It's also planning on building
a vast database of everyone's name, address, biometrics, and

* automatic number plate recognition
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