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The latest news from “progressive” Europe:

The black box that tracks every mile you drive and will make speed cameras obsolete

“Drivers face having their every move tracked by a ‘spy in the car’ black box. The system will constantly check a vehicle’s speed – making cameras redundant – and allow for pay-as-you-go tolls. [i.e., more gunvernment “efficiency” in collecting tolls for the use of the sub-standard gunvernment infrastructure]

The £36million EU project is partly funded by the UK Government and backed by car makers and the telecoms industry. [Corporations making a buck at the Gunvernment trough? I’m shocked!]

Vehicles fitted with the system will emit a constant ‘heartbeat’ pulse revealing their location, speed and direction of travel. EU officials believe the technology will significantly reduce road accidents, congestion and carbon emissions. [Oh sure, it’s the citizens’ health they’re concerned with, not the “health” of the State.]

But civil liberties campaigners say it will have profound implications for privacy by creating a Europe-wide system of Big Brother surveillance.” [No? Really?]

The article states that this could be implemented as early as 2013. Let’s start an LRC blog betting pool. The bet will be who can come closest to the month and year that this next European leap into the Brave New World will hit our shores. [Please refer to blog that immediately precedes this one.]

8:24 am on April 2, 2009