There are nearly ten times as many security cameras monitoring the streets of New York City as there were two decades ago. That’s nothing compared to London where there are approximately 500,000 security cameras surveilling the public in Britain’s metropolis.
People are Okay with Massive Surveillance – to an Extent
9/11 caused New York City to beef up public surveillance and the London Olympics back in 2012 were responsible for the massive increase in public surveillance there. And frankly, security cameras have been extremely valuable in tracking down perpetrators of terrorist attacks. Like in London, most Americans are okay with increased surveillance to protect public spaces. However, many people are not aware of just how invasive public surveillance is becoming.
There are Limits to the People’s Consent
Technology is giving public security officials capabilities that most people do not know about and for which citizens have not given their consent. When people find out just how deep public surveillance is going their support begins to wane, especially when it comes to:
- Drone Surveillance
- Body Cameras
- Facial Recognition Technology
- Big Data Aggregation
- Data and Image Storage
- And Individual Security Cameras
Now that big cities are using security cameras to collect data as well as images, privacy watchdog groups are beginning to question just how necessary a lot of this public surveillance is.
Private Security Cameras Turned “Backyard Big Brother”
In California, it is the rise of individual home security camera surveillance that is coming under scrutiny. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in the State Assembly to give a tax break for installing security cameras. A privacy watchdog group is pushing back, asking for the break for security cameras to be taken out.
“…a fleet of home security cameras could contribute to a permanent state of police surveillance—an invasion of privacy that could be especially intrusive given the rise of facial recognition software.”
This fear stretches from coast to coast. Similar questions are being raised in New York where the invasion of private home security cameras directed at their neighbors is causing consternation. “I’m entitled to my privacy…I don’t want people taping what I’m doing!” says one resident in Queens, NY.
Still, homes where there is a security camera surveilling the property are 300% safer from burglaries than those without, yet installing cameras alone is not enough. Those homes are vulnerable to hackers and without a professional monitoring the premises in conjunction with those security cameras the chances of actually stopping a crime are slim.
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