Archive for July 30th, 2011
Royal Mail wants permission for its postmen and women to be able to leave some post with a neighbour if the addressee is not at home.
It wishes to trial the idea for mail that is too large to post through a letter-box, and for some post that requires a signature.
Special delivery mail will not be included in the planned pilot scheme.
The Royal Mail also wishes to reduce the time in which consumers and firms can make a compensation claim.
Watchdog Consumer Focus said that while some consumers would welcome the idea of being able to have mail left with a neighbour, “worryingly there is no opt-out option”.
“For many people having their mail left with a neighbour they do not know, or might not trust, could open the door to problems,” said its director of post, Robert Hammond.
You mean they do deliveries as well?
Sleepy English town to be entirely surveilled in case criminals forget and drive through it on their way to crimes – Boing Boing
Royston, a small market town of 15,000 people in Herts, England, is being completely encircled with license-plate cameras that will record the comings and goings of everyone who passes in or out of the town, and store them for up to five years. There’s not really much crime in Royston. But the automatic number plate recognition manager for the region says that he will catch lots of criminals and terrorists because they might forget that this one town is totally surveilled and drive through it on their way to and from crimes and atrocities in other towns.
Daniel Hamilton, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “It is such an arbitrary and intrusive method. To do this in what is essentially a sleepy market town is ridiculous.
“Logging the movements of tens of thousands of innocent people living in the area is grossly disproportionate to the crime fighting abilities of the system and an abhorrent invasion of people’s privacy.”
Inspector Andy Piper, Hertfordshire Police’s ANPR manager, said: “On first sight, the ANPR coverage of such a low crime town as Royston may seem an unusual choice, but ANPR works both as a deterrent and a detection tool.
“When we look at the bigger picture in terms of Hertfordshire, as well as nationally, the position of the cameras makes a lot of sense strategically to target those criminals travelling into the county on the main roads in that area – not to mention counter-terrorism.”