Telegraph, 8 May 2015: 'Big Brother'
"Brave action by the Privacy First Foundation, although it doesn't really bother me that much myself. Personally, I don't much care that I am being watched by dozens of cameras at road checks, that my license plate is being registered, that they therefore know exactly where I am (at least, where my car is driving) and that all this data is also stored for 72 hours.
Yet, when you think about it a little deeper, Bas Filippini, foreman of the said foundation, is absolutely right. He filed a test case, aiming to expose the legality of those route controls. He sees it as part of a much bigger picture, which aims to monitor the corridors of every citizen one hundred per cent. It is pure 'spying'. because there are also cameras at the border, you pay parking fees by license plate and you travel with your personal public transport card.
The lawsuit was filed at the end of April and a ruling will follow on 12 May. Despite the fact that this kind of control method is not (yet) allowed in some other European countries, I think Privacy First's claim will be rejected. There may not be a strict legal basis for a system of route controls, but the government will argue that that is precisely what police regulations or the general police provisions in the law are for. That in turn will have to be litigated against and that could take a long time. Privacy First says it will continue up to and including the European Court, but for now Big Brother will continue to look over your shoulder."
Source: Telegraph 8 May 2015, Autovision section, p. 9.