How do you feel about all the surveillance cameras being used these days in public and private spaces?

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    In public, not bothered at all. In private means - where? Inside my house? Aren't any. In hotel rooms, etc? Heck No.

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    I approve. Heck, they sure helped to catch Genki Matsuo, who stabbed that poor woman to death Nov 21.

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    Privacy has been sacrificed for a false sense of security and the rare potential of justice being served. The day will come when we truly and deeply regret trading privacy for such empty promises.

  • -1


    Great thing. I think we need more.

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    Public? Fine, you shouldn't be doing anything naughty, and provided that to the images is access is strictly limited. Private? No ... way .... in .... hell.

  • -4


    I feel safer with CCTV.

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    I'd say the cameras are a sign of the times.

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    NeverSubmitDec. 03, 2012 - 04:30PM JST

    Private? No ... way .... in .... hell. The time will surely come when the authorities start demanding cameras in homes and other private areas in the name of safety and security. Of course, they'll dish out the old "What do you have to hide" argument. How would you respond?

    Very simple. My house, my rules. If the government wants free porn they'll have to try someone a little more gullible thank you very much. If they put cameras in my house they better have LOTS of replacements since I'm sure there will be numerous "accidents". In fact this is the major problem with most CCTV systems, they're vandalised within weeks at best.

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    ...and provided that to the images is access is strictly limited

    Exactly this premise doesn't hold true. But the question is anyway what you mean by 'strictly limited'. Limited to all the world and his brother - except yourself?

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    Britain has more CCTV cameras per sq mile than any other country in the world. I can accept them at road junctions for monitoring road traffic or outside of sensitive public buildings and even for monitoring flash floods in rivers but I object to having them just about everywhere.

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    Cameras are just tools. They are neither good or bad.

    However, the erosion of privacy is a major concern for everyone, everywhere. While I don't pretend to have the best answer, it is possible to significantly improve privacy by having laws that mandate deletion of the images and all other data gathered by the cameras within 24 or 48 hours. We need laws to prevent witch hunts later with the captured data.

    If the data is retained for months or indefinitely, there is nothing to prevent law enforcement from using it to search for other "criminals" real or perceived. Have you ever been someplace that you shouldn't have been even if you weren't doing anything wrong? Would you like to explain that to anyone else? No thanks.

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    This is a bit tangential, but what is really starting to bother me is the rash of television shows that feature police/intelligence/government agents who are shown catching criminals by accessing databases with high-resolution photos of everything, blueprints of privately owned buildings, and all kinds of other private and personal information that would terrify the average person if they saw a real government agent accessing it, about them, in the real world.

    I feel like the public is being taught that this level of control is a good thing; being softened up for the Orwellian police state that has been the dream of certain politicians for decades. I truly hope it doesn't actually happen.

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