ANPR: Code and Rhetorics of Compliance

Parsons, Christopher; Savirimuthu, Joseph; Wipond, Rob; McArthur, Kevin. (2012). “ANPR: Code and Rhetorics of Compliance,” in European Journal of Law and Technology 3(3).

27 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2012 Last revised: 3 Mar 2013

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Christopher A. Parsons

University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, Citizen Lab

Joseph Savirimuthu

University of Liverpool - Law School

Rob Wipond

University of Victoria

Kevin McArthur

Independent

Date Written: September 4, 2012

Abstract

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems are gradually entering service in Canada’s western province of British Columbia and are prolifically deployed in the UK. In this paper, we compare and analyze some of the politics and practices underscoring the technology in these jurisdictions. Drawing from existing and emerging research we identify key actors and how authorities marginalize access to the systems’ operation. Such marginalization is accompanied by rhetorics of privacy and security that are used to justify novel mass surveillance practices. Authorities justify the public’s lack of access to ANPR practices and technical characteristics as a key to securing environments and making citizens ‘safe’. After analyzing incongruences between authorities’ conceptions of privacy and security, we articulate means of resisting intrusive surveillance practices by reshaping agendas surrounding ANPR.

Keywords: ANPR, surveillance, privacy, RCMP, police, ALPR

Suggested Citation

Parsons, Christopher A. and Savirimuthu, Joseph and Wipond, Rob and McArthur, Kevin, ANPR: Code and Rhetorics of Compliance (September 4, 2012). Parsons, Christopher; Savirimuthu, Joseph; Wipond, Rob; McArthur, Kevin. (2012). “ANPR: Code and Rhetorics of Compliance,” in European Journal of Law and Technology 3(3).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2141127 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2141127

Christopher A. Parsons (Contact Author)

University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, Citizen Lab ( email )

Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Joseph Savirimuthu

University of Liverpool - Law School ( email )

Liverpool L69 7ZS
United Kingdom

Rob Wipond

University of Victoria ( email )

3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2
Canada

Kevin McArthur

Independent ( email )

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