The Sunday Times has reported that the UK police has been secretly clicking photographs of 14 million motorists everyday, without their permission and has been storing them in a database located in Hendon.
According to new police documents, the photographs of innocent motorists and their first seat companions are being taken by a massive network of cameras all over the country, which runs on the automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) technology that is used by the police to track vehicle movement.
However, the discovery of a secret police data base has left UK citizens in an uproar as they feel that their personal space is being violated by the police.
Meanwhile, the police has claimed that the technology is apt for keeping track of suspicious elements and is also instrumental in tracking stolen cars.
UK privacy groups have come forward in expressing their anger over a secret police database as they fear such sensitive data has a risk of being stolen or lost.
The report on the Sunday Times also revealed that Shami Chakrabarti's civil rights group Liberty is planning to be the first one to slap a lawsuit on the police.
Commenting on the issue, Shami told the Sunday Times that “It’s bad enough that images and movements of millions of innocent motorists are being stored for years on end.”