Outrage at UK plan to put audio recorders in taxis

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Cassandra Vinograd
Associated Press

LONDON — Civil liberties campaigners on Monday expressed outrage at an English city’s plan to install audio recorders in licensed taxi cabs as a security measure.

Officials in Oxford say that starting next year its 600-plus cabs will carry audio-equipped cameras that run whenever the vehicle is in use, “leading the way” in ensuring the safety of passengers and drivers.

“This is a staggering invasion of privacy, being done with … a total disregard for civil liberties,” said Nick Pickles of Big Brother Watch. He said his group would complain to an independent regulator.

The Oxford officials didn’t cite any crime figures regarding taxi drivers or their passengers to justify the decision.

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