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Big Brother is watching: surveillance box to track drivers is backed | UK news | The Guardian

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.

However, privacy campaigners warned last night that a European-wide car tracking system would create a system of almost total road surveillance.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 08:36:43 PM EST
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Astonishing...
Oh my God...I wouldn't believe things that I am about to see in my life time...
Am I just getting old or this world is really such a mess as I see it?

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 12:03:01 AM EST
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It's the pre-EU election silly season in the UK :-)

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 02:27:15 AM EST
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Yup, stand by for the EU preparing to demand straight bananas and banning british sausages. Oh, and banning the pint for beer in the pub.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 06:10:26 AM EST
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