Because they won’t lose any of that data over five years

Vehicle spy-cam data to be held for five years • The Register

Authorities will store details of car journeys surveilled by the new national Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system for five years, the Home Office has revealed.

Senior police officer had said the data on millions of vehicles would only be kept for two years, the Guardian reports. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is examining a complaint by Privacy International over the extended retention period.

What an absolute treasure trove. And if the police can’t find current offenses the data is good for prosecuting, they can just mine it to make up new ones.

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