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Even paranoid people are right once in a while

A new report claims the use of surveillance cameras in Canada is skyrocketing


They’re watching you! A new report from the Surveillance Camera Awareness Network (SCAN) shows that the use of surveillance cameras in Canada is skyrocketing. In Ottawa, taxis have been equipped with taxi cams. In Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, cameras now litter the subway system. And, in preparation for the 2010 games, cameras are being spread throughout the streets of Vancouver. The SCAN reports suggests the latest trend may pose new “privacy and ethical concerns.” But the study authors admit that most Canadians don’t seem too hot and bothered. Nearly 75 per cent of Canadians believe camera surveillance helps reduce crime. Says SCAN: “public opinion is generally very favourable to their installation.”

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  1. "Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned."


  2. "They're watching you!"

    Yes they are, so I don't know why you feel the need to add the exclamation mark in an attempt to sarcasticly downplay the reality of it.

  3. Governments (of all levels and partisan persuasions) seem to have an increasing arsenal of tools to watch over us while we are losing what few tools we have to watch over them.

    How long until the argument 'the only people who don't like these cameras are those with something to hide' is presented?

  4. long ago , ten years or so ago my insight in a cynical form was…the thought police are coming! now since it has been said it is probably an oncoming reality! yikes…

    • Doubleplusungood.

  5. i don't see a problem with cameras …everytime you use a bank machine they have a video of you ..there was an interesting show on tv how in the uk they can follow you from one camera to the next ….they can use facial recognition software to bust the people who are currently wanted …cameras are only a bad thing if you are doing something illegal in public

    • Except that what is classified as illegal can change at the drop of a hat. As far as software facial recognition goes, I see it as one more avenue to false arrests. To be honest I am surprised that cameras don't reduce crime. But I guess criminals are either planning for them or acting spontaneously and committing the crimes in spite of the cameras. It's funny… cameras make me think of gun control and drug laws, which, make me think of the book 1984, which, makes me think of totalitarianism, which is the real evil that is looming. Cameras are just another measure being put in place.

      • you never know when and where you are being recorded ..a stranger can have a web cam pointed out the window or their own security cam … there is even more surveillance on the internet ..like when you log into google they record everything you do so you can get targeted advertising.. in addition anything else you do can be tracked back to your IP address