Firm accused of spying on people

Firm accused of spying on people

David Poultney at Milton Park

A ThruVision laptop

First published in Didcot Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Didcot and Wallingford. Call me on 01865 425425

COMPUTER expert David Poultney has complained to a firm after claiming it filmed him with a James Bond-style camera which can see through clothing.

ThruVision on the Milton Park estate, near Didcot, manufactures the T5000 — a T-Ray camera using terahertz waves.

The hi-tech camera is made for the security industry and is designed to be used at airports or other locations to detect hidden explosives, drugs or weapons.

But Mr Poultney, 36, who works in information technology for a firm at Milton Park, said he complained to ThruVision after noticing camera equipment set up outside their office.

He said: “One day I noticed a small white box-shaped trailer, which looked like a suitcase on a tripod, at the back of the ThruVision offices.

“The trailer was in the car park but there were wires connected to the camera four metres away on a small public grass area.

“I was curious so I went to have a look at the camera. I thought it was switched on and directed towards the footpath, which is used by hundreds of people every day on their way to Milton stores.

“These cameras have the ability to see through clothing, so I believe the firm has been carrying out an unlawful searches.

“There are CCTV cameras all over Milton Park which are run by the business park, to which I have no objection because there are signs to warn people they are in use.

“However, I suspect ThruVision has been testing its cameras on unsuspecting members of the public.

“I contacted the firm to complain and to find out what images have been taken of me, but every time I phone up, the person I need to speak to is in a meeting.”

Mr Poultney of Faringdon, said he planned to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office for advice on how to get information from ThruVision.

He added: “I will make one last attempt to get a proper answer to my questions from ThruVision, but after that I will go straight to the ICO.

“It’s possible the camera was not switched on, but if so, what was it doing there?”

Mr Poultney said the equipment was there for about a fortnight before it was removed on Tuesday.

James Dipple, a spokesman for MEPC Milton Park Ltd, which runs Milton Park, said: “We had a complaint so we contacted ThruVision and the equipment was removed.”

Chris Beattie, a spokesman for ThruVision, declined to comment.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said staff would be happy to advise Mr Poultney and added: “Under the Data Protection Act you can make a subject access request, which entitles you to any information held on you by an organisation.

“If the firm has been capturing information on that person, and is holding the footage, then that person has a right to know what footage has been taken.”

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9:34am Mon 20 Jul 09

cottage2day says...

If the camera is in a public footpath there are no laws being broken.
If the camera is in a public footpath there are no laws being broken. cottage2day
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10:09am Mon 20 Jul 09

Garage Man says...

Oh dear! I'm not affiliated tothis company in any way but please Mr Poultney, do your research before whinging! The system does not see you 'naked' but merely images you with high frequency T waves and produces something simlar to a thermal image. you could not be identified individually at all. Thruvision are a new company trying to be innovative and generate UK based technology and jobs. i'm sure that they have better things to do with their time than listen to your moaning!
Oh dear! I'm not affiliated tothis company in any way but please Mr Poultney, do your research before whinging! The system does not see you 'naked' but merely images you with high frequency T waves and produces something simlar to a thermal image. you could not be identified individually at all. Thruvision are a new company trying to be innovative and generate UK based technology and jobs. i'm sure that they have better things to do with their time than listen to your moaning! Garage Man
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8:22pm Mon 20 Jul 09

hp1 says...

If Garage Man is correct then why does this company not simply address his concerns?
If Garage Man is correct then why does this company not simply address his concerns? hp1
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7:29am Wed 22 Jul 09

watchdog69 says...

Is Garage Man the CEO of Thruvision? If they have nothing to hide why all the 'cloak and dagger' tactics?
Is Garage Man the CEO of Thruvision? If they have nothing to hide why all the 'cloak and dagger' tactics? watchdog69
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6:51pm Wed 22 Jul 09

Berty says...

LOL! Big Pervy Brother is watching us all! Best dust off the fat-containing brasierres and lead-lined under-pants. Oooer!
LOL! Big Pervy Brother is watching us all! Best dust off the fat-containing brasierres and lead-lined under-pants. Oooer! Berty
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3:18pm Thu 6 Aug 09

Dape says...

There are many ways to legally examine camera footage and of course protocol with the use of any form of CCTV Security Systems must be observed at all times. I was thinking you must have a good knowledge of the new technology that is available to the security market to identify this type of equipment. I am surprised though that this company placed this form of camera in that location.
There are many ways to legally examine camera footage and of course protocol with the use of any form of CCTV Security Systems must be observed at all times. I was thinking you must have a good knowledge of the new technology that is available to the security market to identify this type of equipment. I am surprised though that this company placed this form of camera in that location. Dape
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