The governments of Queensland and Victoria in Australia have just put in place a system of road safety is worthy of Big Brother.
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Can we still consider that the passenger compartment of an automobile is of the private sphere in the same way as the home ? Probably less, since the measures go against the intimacy of this space are multiplying happily. In France, with the ban snacking behind the wheel (!), the radar-picture you have lovely selfies at the wheel (and you can take a few points and a few euros) and the prohibition to ask opaque films on window panes, we are already served. But this is nothing next to what could happen, and that Australia is in the process of putting in place, after they had already announced a few months ago.
Of the local australian go to activate the new cameras are particularly intrusive along the roads in the hope of identifying the drivers who use their mobile phone while they are driving.
Cookies but no sanctions… for now
The governments of Queensland and Victoria to launch a test for a period of three months from this week. The cameras are designed to detect driving behaviour and potentially harmful, such as not wearing the safety belt, but in the hollow it is especially the use of mobile phones at the wheel which is in the viewfinder of these new cookies. The cameras can scan multiple lanes of traffic at once and, when they are installed in height, they can see clearly what happens inside of a car.
This test is designed to put the new system to the test and determine if it is reliable enough to be used on a larger scale. The local authorities could possibly trivialize the cameras on the roads in populated areas, but these decisions have not yet been taken.
During this quarter of the tests, the forces of the order not to issue any traffic tickets, and the government says it will not collect the plate numbers of offending drivers. On the other hand, the photos captured by the camera systems will be erased after review.
Then of course, the stated objective of the deployment of this new device is to reduce distracted driving and save lives, which is quite acceptable. But this brings yet to the same question, who is to know until what point we are willing to sacrifice some of our privacy for greater safety.
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