The government has promised to increase the regulation of CCTV footage, but has been vague about the nature of the rules it is considering.
The Home Office was not able to answer questions on why CCTV regulation needs to be increased, and whether new regulations will focus on enhancing citizens' privacy or improving the quality of images.
A Home Office spokeswoman suggested that the regulations could concern limiting the locations where CCTV footage could be captured, although she could not be sure.
Industry estimates put the number of CCTV cameras in operation in the UK at up to six million.
While in opposition, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties said that reducing the number of CCTV cameras would be a positive move for the privacy of individuals, and would help to roll back Labour's so-called 'surveillance state'.
However, the Tories have also said that they support CCTV because it can be used to fight crime, but that the cameras need to provide better quality footage if it is to be used for prosecution purposes.
Commentators have suggested that CCTV regulation should be improved because citizens are often refused access to the footage.
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