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Privacy Government

Atlanta's Growing Video Surveillance System 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the since-it-worked-so-well-in-london dept.
McGruber writes "An Atlanta newspaper reports on the city's 'Video Integration Center,' which allows Atlanta's Police Department to control more than 100 public and private cameras. 'Officials say hundreds or thousands more private-sector cameras will eventually feed into the center.' According to the Atlanta Police Foundation, 'This is going to grow by leaps and bounds over the years. The goal, of course, is to have the entire city blanketed [with cameras].'"
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Atlanta's Growing Video Surveillance System

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 19, 2011 @04:41PM (#37448268)

    Open the camera control room to the public. They watch us, we watch them.

  • by sheepofblue (1106227) on Monday September 19, 2011 @04:52PM (#37448470)

    However, they must not be used to prosecute or investigate any crime or attempted crime other than serious assault, murder, and rape.
    It should not be used to fine people for littering or even peeing.

    Yet it WILL be used for that and a ton of other things. Self control and self regulation is not something the government does even moderately well.

  • by MacTO (1161105) on Monday September 19, 2011 @05:05PM (#37448698)

    Extremism doesn't help here.

    Standing up for privacy where there is a reasonable expectation for privacy is entirely reasonable. People expect privacy in their homes. People expect their personal correspondence to be private (e.g. phone calls, letter mail, email). The same goes for things they stuff in their bags or cram onto their computers because whatever is inside forms a sort of private space. We see those boundaries to privacy being violated all of the time, and I think that most people would be supportive of protecting privacy in those spaces.

    But the moment that you start screaming about privacy in places where there isn't a reasonable expectation for it, a lot of people just tune out. They will either assume that you are an antisocial nutbar, a paranoid nutcase, or a criminal. Streets, parks, transit, and businesses are places where you don't have a reasonable expectation for privacy because you are interacting or intermingling with other people. Most people recognize that, and behave accordingly.

    So if you want to do everyone a favour, argue for privacy but do so on reasonable grounds. The moment you adopt an extremist position, you are fighting the battle for the other side because you will lose legitimacy in the eyes of the people who you are trying to persuade.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?