CCTV – Not Invading Privacy

Last week saw another wave of ‘public concern’ over the increasing numbers of CCTV cameras.

The BBC recently used the topic as one of their ‘Have Your Say‘ debates.
The majority of the replies ‘recommended by readers’ were scathing remarks against the “you must have a guilty conscience” “brigade”.

Unfortunately for them, many of these criticisms were flawed, along the lines of “why do you have curtains?” and so on – missing the vital point that CCTV is used to monitor people in public places – i.e. not invading privacy as too many people think.

Fact: authorities don’t care what most of us do with our lives; they aren’t watching you – unless you give them reason to.

There were other, more meaningful, comments – CCTV costs lots, cameras push crime elsewhere, cameras can’t arrest (or help) people, etc.

I personally am glad there are cameras, I don’t like the idea that sentence can be passed on verbal ‘evidence’ alone and after semantics-stretching creative-truthing.


One response to “CCTV – Not Invading Privacy”

  1. For now, what we have appears to work. But what we have is just one step closer towards a truly surveiled society.

    While we can sort of rest back easy in the knowledge that such infrastructure isn’t currently being abused, that owes more to the checks in place on the current government than the hopes & aspirations of the government themselves, which I feel would certainly look towards extending the scope and range of such systems.

    But this topic only looks at one aspect of the whole Big Brother question that’s lumbering around right now. What about the RIP act? This brought into force similar mechanisms for the internet.

    So taking a holistic view, I’d say that there’s a legitimate cause for concern.

    The thing is, most of the crimes we see committed we see from CCTV footage. So this tells us 2 things: 1) the people in question have no clue they’re being watched, or 2) the people in question couldn’t really care less either way.

    No amount of surveillance will fix that…

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