Victoria police chief Jamie Graham has stated: “It’s that old adage, if you haven’t done anything wrong and there’s no issues, what’s to be worried about?” and “Trust Us On Use Of Data From Surveillance”
When it comes to a new massive surveillance system being considered by the RCMP that would retain B.C. drivers’ license plate numbers as a possible tracking tool.
According to the timescolonist.com
In the next few months, the Mounties could expand their automated licence plate recognition system to retain the plates of drivers who have done nothing wrong – information known as “non-hit” data.
Chief Jamie Graham said he spoke at the Reboot Privacy and Security Conference in February in support of keeping the data in case it was needed in a criminal investigation.
“I said that I’d like to retain it [the non-hit data], so what?” Graham said in an interview on Wednesday.
“It’s that old adage, if you haven’t done anything wrong and there’s no issues, what’s to be worried about? If you are on the run from the law or wanted in another province, a prohibited driver, a list of things, and you’re associated to a motor vehicle, then you should be worried. I say, you’ve got to deal with it.”
Cameras on 43 police vehicles across B.C. record 3,000 licence plates an hour but keep only the information on drivers who are flagged as having outstanding warrants, a dangerous criminal history or expired insurance. The other data is deleted by RCMP computer servers each day.
But the RCMP want to keep all the data, essentially compiling a list of times and locations of thousands of B.C. drivers.
Read that full articleHERE
So let’s get this straight. The RCMP wants to collect information on everyone, store it in a database, and then state “trust us” with that information.
As we pointed out in a recent video report (which can be viewed HERE) the RCMP is a paramilitary force operating in our country during peace times. Now this paramilitary group, who has not been held accountable for countless abuses of power. Are telling us all to just trust them while they collect and store information about every Canadian. Now that doesn’t seem tyrannical at all, does it?
Here is a quick rule of thumb, that I think most people can agree with. When a government, a police agency, or a paramilitary group tells the people to “trust them” with something. We should do the exact opposite.
I definitely hope that this is a huge wake up call to Canadians!