Doktor Jons Guide to the "Use and Application of CCTV"
- CCTV and Privacy Issues -
In general terms, you can only really effectively regulate those individuals who are prepared to be regulated. If as a criminal you wish to adopt a large number of aliases, who the heck is going to be any the wiser?
Closed Circuit Television has been systematically introduced throughout the United Kingdom for many years now, but exactly how wide ranging has the debate been about its implications for society in general? Not a lot!
In recent months, there have been the first marginal stirrings of discontent about the way in which CCTV has become a key component in monitoring and managing our everyday lives; and yet the politicians and commentators that are only now raising issues over what has become, are generally unaware of what the technology can and will achieve, in relation to an individuals expectations with regard to civil liberties.
So given an uneasy insight into the shape of things to come, does this mean that Doktor Jon is becoming a poacher turned gamekeeper? ... absolutely not.
With so many years experience of observing the effects of adopting CCTV, D.J. has for a long time now been extremely unhappy about the way in which the apparent benefits of using this technology, have been adopted as an electronic sledgehammer to crack a bowl of mixed nuts.
Perhaps we should look at the case for considering the civil liberties issue in a much wider context.
Does Doktor Jon mind being video recorded walking along whilst being monitored by a passive CCTV system? .... absolutely not.
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