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[[Image:Surveillance quevaal.jpg|right]]Video surveillance is used for monitoring security of places and if the monitored place is robbed, people will be able to look at the tapes and catch the criminal. [[Image:Surveillance quevaal.jpg|right]]Video surveillance is used for monitoring security of places and if the monitored place is robbed, people will be able to look at the tapes and catch the criminal.
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 +Some facts about surveillance:
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 +<snakk> From Wikipedia </small>
 +* The state and security services still have the most powerful surveillance systems, because they are enabled under the law. But today levels of state surveillance have increased, and using computers they are now able to draw together many different information sources to produce profiles of persons or groups in society.
 +* Many large corporations now use various form of "passive" surveillance. This is primarily a means of monitoring the activities of staff and for controlling public relations. But some large corporations actively use various forms of surveillance to monitor the activities of [[activist]]s and campaign groups who may impact their operations.
 +* Many companies trade in information lawfully, buying and selling it from other companies or local government agencies who collect it. This data is usually bought by companies who wish to use it for marketing or advertising purposes.
 +* Personal information is obtained by many small groups and individuals. Some of this is for harmless purposes, but increasingly sensitive personal information is being obtained for criminal purposes, such as credit card and other types of fraud.
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Is video surveillance in public places fair?

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Background and Context of Debate:

Video surveillance is used for monitoring security of places and if the monitored place is robbed, people will be able to look at the tapes and catch the criminal.

Some facts about surveillance:

<snakk> From Wikipedia </small>

  • The state and security services still have the most powerful surveillance systems, because they are enabled under the law. But today levels of state surveillance have increased, and using computers they are now able to draw together many different information sources to produce profiles of persons or groups in society.
  • Many large corporations now use various form of "passive" surveillance. This is primarily a means of monitoring the activities of staff and for controlling public relations. But some large corporations actively use various forms of surveillance to monitor the activities of activists and campaign groups who may impact their operations.
  • Many companies trade in information lawfully, buying and selling it from other companies or local government agencies who collect it. This data is usually bought by companies who wish to use it for marketing or advertising purposes.
  • Personal information is obtained by many small groups and individuals. Some of this is for harmless purposes, but increasingly sensitive personal information is being obtained for criminal purposes, such as credit card and other types of fraud.

Do surveillance cameras evade privacy?

Yes

  • Surveillance cameras can be viewed by any authorised person, at any time. Anyone can view surveillance tapes and use them to spy on people or track a person illegally. They can evade privacy easily and anyone will get filmed whether they like it or not. Usually people need to sign release papers to have footage shown of them, and if they don't it is illegal.
  • Filming without consent is actually illegal. Filming people without consent is against the law and that is exactly what surveillance cameras do. They also take away people's right to confidentiality and privacy.

No

  • Surveillance cameras are not closely monitored and are only usually viewed if a crime has taken place. It is certainly not the case that people monitor all security cameras closely 24/7. Most surveillance tapes are rarely seen. Usually surveillance cameras are only viewed if they have filmed a crime and are viewed only to catch criminals, not to evade people's privacy or stalk people.
  • It is no different to police monitoring a dangerous area. Video surveillance is no different than a police officer watching over the street. Who doesn't want extra police officers watching over streets with high crime? Surveillance tapes do not evade any privacy; they are only there to protect the public.

Do surveillance cameras work to protect the public?

Yes

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No

  • Surveillance cameras cannot physically protect the public, only film what is happening.
  • Often surveillance camera images are not clear and police cannot identify the criminal.

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