War­dens’ ID spy cam­era plan outrage

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TRAF­FIC war­dens are be­ing equipped with spy cam­eras hid­den in their iden­tity badges to snare any abu­sive mo­torists they ticket.

A num­ber of coun­cils across the UK have bought the cam­eras to pro­vide ev­i­dence in dis­puted cases.

The only sign that the badge hides a tiny cam­era is a small sticker say­ing “CCTV in op­er­a­tion”.

War­dens are only meant to switch them on if they be­lieve a con­fronta­tion with a mo­torist is about to take place but civil lib­erty cam­paign­ers say the snoop­ing goes too far.

Nick Pick­les, di­rec­tor of Big Brother Watch, said: “A tiny warn­ing hardly con­sti­tutes telling some­one they’re be­ing recorded.

“It’s just an­other at­tack on our privacy and treats ev­ery mem­ber of the public as be­ing un­der sus­pi­cion.”

Coun­cil chiefs say it will help pro­tect staff.

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