posted on Mar, 20 2014 @ 09:51 PM
I'm kinda split. In an area that's insanely high crime I don't mind cameras. You're getting recorded all day every day in a city anyway, this
just sort of streamlines the work of going to every business with a security camera and combing through tapes. I'm not one of the 'I have nothing
to hide guys' at all, but you have no real right to privacy in public. If you're driving in front of me or behind me I'm recording you (Yay new
On the other hand I hate seeing things like this used for petty stuff like jaywalking or riding a bike on the sidewalk, and this kind of opens up that
can of worms. The idea of being constantly watched gives me the creeps. Say some camera operator doesn't like my obnoxious car, so they spend the
day tracking me until I fail to stop for a full (ummm... 3 seconds (?) at a stop sign) or they find my cocky swagger annoying and keep watching me
until I commit some other petty offense. Or to get more realistic they start watching black people all the time and profiling.
I think these cameras have their place, but perhaps actually using the data should require a warrant. So hands off until a violent crime occurs and
then judge signs a warrant and the data can be reviewed. Hit and runs, muggings, beatings, assault and the like fine. Useful tool. Constant
monitoring and searching for guys peeing on the sidewalk no dice. It's very hard to give an inch without having to defend a mile.