Although not strictly CCTV related, the report in The Times aboura faked timestamp used as evidence in a ?60 parking fine appeal, is indicitive of how cheap and easy this is to do with modern personal computers.
The Times, January 24, 2004
NCP faked evidence in parking ticket case
By Russell Jenkins
NCP, which is contracted by Bury council, produced two photographs for the appeal hearing before Sarah Breach, the parking adjudicator.
One was black and white and the other was in colour. They purported to show the sign on the day before and then the day on which Mr McGuire parked his car.
Ms Breach concluded that the two photographs were the same but the date on one had been changed in order to destroy the motorist?s case.
Ms Breach said: ?A careful comparison of these photographs reveals they are the same. The cloud formation in both, together with the angle of the photograph, leaves me in no doubt.
?The only conclusion I can draw are that someone has altered the date on the black and white appeal photograph from 31.8.03 to 30.08.03.?
She said she was satisfied that NCP submitted the two photographs to make it look as if they were taken at different times, and took the unusual step of ordering the council to pay the costs.
The adjudicator concluded: ?I consider the council?s conduct in resisting this appeal to be wholly unreasonable.? The ruling calls into question the reliability of similar digital evidence. Meanwhile, Bury council faces hundreds of claims from other drivers.
This shameful incident casts doubt on the integrity of all Local Coincil's and Car Park Operators, who are heavy users of CCTV Surveillance technology, and only strengthens our calls for properly regulated, fair, equal access to CCTV surveillance. If they are willing to do this over a ?60 parking fine, then what are they willing to do to hide or tamper with other digital evidence in more serious cases which do not suit them ?