London UK possibly the worlds most watched city. More so than in Communist China. As there are no official bodies to count the amount of cameras, who would trust them anyway, there are some informed estimates.
These range in number from 4.9 million to 5.9 million or 1 camera for every 11 to 14 people in the UK. In London alone there are around 500,000 cameras. A Freedom of Information request in 2013 showed that Transport for London had 15,516 on the underground network. A survey in 2011 by Big brother Watch revealed there were 651 CCTV cameras operated by the City Of London Council. In all the 33 boroughs across London, interesting number, there are 7,431 cameras in use by all the local councils.
The number of cameras on the underground system are as follows. King’s Cross and St. Pancras with 408.
- Oxford Circus – 309
- Waterloo – 303
- Green Park – 210
- Elephant & Castle – 190
- Bank/Monument – 182
- Westminster – 177
- Piccadilly Circus – 175
- Wembley Park – 171
- Canary Wharf – 167
It is thought that an average person commuting to work and back with a 1hr lunch break walking around London may be captured on as many as 300 CCTV cameras during their standard working day. You are on CCTV on the street, the tube, workplace and shops. If that is 1 hr each way and the 1hr for lunch then you are captured 100 times an hour. This number could be higher if you are just walking around London for the day.
Then of course you have to take into account the number of private cameras in businesses. Every shop, office etc will have them. You have no way to opt out of being filmed. Of being tracked.
This is all done under the pretense of safety and crime/terrorism fighting. When in reality these cameras never stop a crime but just show us the crime. Just go to Jewtube to see 1000’s of videos of CCTV showing crimes and terrorist acts.
Now the UK is starting to use Facial Recognition CCTV. Where as before to track you it took actual humans to watch the footage now a computer does it. All automatically without user input. The first trials were in Leicestershire where there was a success rate of 45%. The police of course thought this was good. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-28307938
Then in 2017 South Wales police trialed it at the Champions League final in Cardiff in May 2017. Tghey came under fire when it was revealed that the system had wrongly identified 2000 people as potential criminals. great work. https://www.south-wales.police.uk/en/news-room/introduction-of-facial-recognition-into-south-wales-police/
Then in 2018 London police started a trial. This of course was also a failure. The facial recognition software they were using picked the wrong person nine times out of ten. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/15/uk-police-use-of-facial-recognition-technology-failure
Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras are widely used in the UK and so will be Facial Recognition cameras. They care not about success rate. Only the ability to track and monitor your every move. Databases will be made on your exact movements all tied to your likeness. You will not be able to escape the ever watchful eyes of Big Brother. Lets not get started on the drone systems the EU is dreaming up currently.
Fun times lie ahead. How far will we let them go? When will we say enough is enough? 1984 was NEVER meant to be an instruction manual.