Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that the rules surrounding automatic number plates recognition are to be made more stringent. A move welcomed by campaigners who have argued for restrictions regarding the 4000 strong network of automatic number plates recognition cameras were long overdue.
The ANPR network logs in excess of 10 million vehicles car registration numbers every day. The cameras photograph the front of the vehicle and captures not only the DVLA number plates but also images of the driver and possibly passengers. The images are stored in a database containing 7.6 billion images.
The government are to consider limiting access to the database and will decide how long records should be stored for, currently records are held for two years.