In Australian Town, Public CCTV Off Over Privacy Concerns
Full story: Slashdot
It can't be this easy surely, let's give this guy some support!!
“Tilt my hat at the sun”
Since: Jun 12
And the shadows they burn dark
Yes, good on him for beating them.
I guess now they'll do what governments always do when beaten on an issue, they'll change the laws so it can't happen again.
“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”
Since: Jan 11
""The CCTV cameras operated by the local government in the country town of Nowra, NSW (Australia) have been turned off following an order by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal. The local government is crying because it believes that it is losing an effective method in combating crime in public. Locals however are rejoicing that they are no longer being recorded whilst walking down the street." http://tinyurl.com/bnpesk6
Like any small Australian town Nowra would be a seething cauldron of rumor & gossip, not all of it benign. That is simply the nature of small towns.
The Local Government's pretext for invading privacy in such a technologically advanced way is to "combat crime".
Firstly, what is purported to make Nowra so different? Unless I've missed something Nowra has not distinguished itself by hosting a crime rate greater than other comparable towns. Why are they all not bristling with privacy-stealing devices like Nowra?
Secondly, privacy is put at the mercy of monitoring personnel, some of whom might have prurient motives. A furor was caused in Adelaide when it was discovered that some security staff were taking advantage of their role to zero-in on young women passing the cameras' fields of view, zooming in on physical attributes. A check back through tapes exposed this frivolous practice. So those manning the cameras cannot automatically be trusted.
Thirdly, even innocent actions by citizens including whom they are seen with in public, become fuel for speculation in wrong hands, setting the rumor mills churning.
"Big Brother" is by now a clichéd term, but this invasion of privacy is yet another example of the orgy of information-gathering indulged in by authorities everywhere at the expense of the innocent. The people of Nowra pay their rates but not all would be pleased at how their own money then weaponizes officialdom against them.
Another step along the road to reducing us all to fearful compliant slaves.
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