Following the riots last month, the police were able to draw on CCTV recordings to identify and arrest many of the rioters. In the wake of this, various articles appeared arguing that the success of the police in using such surveillance techniques had destroyed or silenced those who complained about the ‘surveillance society’. I fail to see the logic of this argument. I fully support the use of CCTV by the police for the purpose of tackling illegal behaviour, in the same way that I support them having access to other data where it is necessary to detect or prosecute criminal behaviour. However, the fact that the police should, under stipulated conditions, have access to CCTV recordings to combat crime does not mean that anyone else should enjoy the same access! There need to be clear protocols, or even legislation, governing who has access and in what circumstances. Or have I missed something?