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Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons 387

Posted by timothy
from the high-performance-art dept.
theodp writes "People seem to be okay with constant corporate or government video surveillance in public. Let a lone individual point a video camera their way, however, and tempers flare. GeekWire takes a look at the antics and videos of Seattle's mysterious Surveillance Camera Man, who walks up to people and records them for no apparent reason other than to make a point: How is what he's doing different than those stationary surveillance cameras tucked away in buildings and public places?" At least with Surveillance Camera Man, you specifically know that he's watching you — not always the case. (Not even when there's no warrant, on private property in the U.S.)
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Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

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  • Re:The difference... (Score:3, Informative)

    by YodasEvilTwin (2014446) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @05:53PM (#41847205) Homepage
    I don't think laws are based on "odds". It's like saying it's OK to stab someone in the foot but not in the neck, since the former is less likely to kill them!
  • by dills (102733) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:10PM (#41847383) Homepage

    There's no expectation of privacy in public, therefore it's exempt.

  • by DeadCatX2 (950953) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:22PM (#41847551) Journal

    Stationary surveillance is not obtrusive. This guy is obstructing the persons' line of sight and getting in their way.

    I watched one of his videos. Typically, people notice him and move in *his* direction. Others appear to intentionally go out of their way to swat at him (wouldn't that be assault?) Another time a guy started walking away, only to turn around and swat at him. One time he sat down at a table with someone else. Another time he was video taping someone through a window. A few times he was looking into someone's parked car from beside it, which is hardly "in their way".

    Not a single time did he intentionally get in anyone's way. Not a single time did he block anyone's line of sight, until they intentionally turned to face him. Sounds to me like you're just making shit up and didn't bother to watch the videos to make sure your claims could withstand 5 minutes of verification.

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