Doktor Jons Guide to the "Use and Application of CCTV"
This is the "Civil Liberties" Section - A comment on CCTV & Privacy

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“CCTV is now an inescapable fact of modern life; Some people don't want it, most people don't really understand it ....but what do you think?”.

Everyday life is increasingly being monitored, and as the number of CCTV cameras increases, it cannot help but have a longterm impact on the way in which our society functions.

The explosive growth of CCTV Systems, particularly in public areas across the United Kingdom, is undoubtedly going to be repeated throughout the developed world in the coming years.

Whether you personally believe that surveillance cameras are the best thing for crime fighting, since the development of fingerprinting, or consider this the slippery slope towards a total state controlled Orwellian society, the issue of CCTV and Civil Liberties is far too important to be casually dismissed.

Within many walks of modern life, existing laws often dating back over decades or even centuries, have yet to catch up with the rapid developments in current technology.

As this technology increases in sophistication and complexity, so too do the criminals who seek to exploit any available opportunity for achieving their unscrupulous aims.

Whereas in recent years, crime fighting has sought to employ new techniques such as DNA profiling, smart water marking, and covert surveillance to further improve the detection rate after a crime has taken place, future emphasis will undoubtedly begin to shift towards combatting the ever present threat of terrorism and dissent, from what is in reality, a relatively tiny proportion of a nations inhabitants.

So how exactly does CCTV fit into this uncertain future?

Well like the atomic bomb and parking tickets, CCTV is now an inescapable fact of modern life.

Some people don’t want it, most people don’t understand it, but to explore in more detail the arguments for and against, have a look through the various topics on the next page, and see how they rest with your own opinion.

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