Britons spied 70 times a day

BRITAIN has about 1.85 million CCTV cameras and the average person is caught on camera 70 times a day.

The new estimates suggest there are less than half the number of cameras in Britain than previously thought.

Deputy Chief Constable Graeme Gerrard, the lead on CCTV for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said the latest numbers, based on a map of CCTV systems in Cheshire, were intended to “inject more rigorous figures into the debate” over Britain as a surveillance state.

The widely-used estimate of 4.2 million cameras was based on a 1.5km road in a busy shopping district and extrapolated out for all of Britain.

And the previous estimate that the “average Briton is caught on security cameras some 300 times a day” was based on a fictional tour of CCTV hot-spots.

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