Doktor Jons Guide to the "Use and Application of CCTV"
This is the "Civil Liberties" Section - The future of CCTV

So would you like to play "Spot the CCTV Camera?". Eagle eyed visitors may recognise the profusion of street furniture, surrounding a single heritage dome camera keeping watch over part  of Londons' prestigious Oxford Street shopping area.
TRUSTED - Target Recognition Using Surveillance Technology for Evidence and Detection - A campaign to improve the effectiveness of existing video surveillance security systems.

- As the technology moves on ... -

 

CCTV - The shape of things to come - continued

 

If you still think the development of computer based surveillance is the stuff of science fiction, consider this scenario; what if, whilst walking into a public building, a security guard glanced at you, wearing his 'x-ray' glasses, which effectively looked straight through all your clothing? Spooky eh!

Well what if
Doktor Jon happened to mention that hugely expensive Millimetric Wave Imaging Systems are already being used, laying bare our hidden secrets for all the security staff to see, well would it concern you?

For CCTV systems to evolve into appropriate technologically advanced crime fighting tools, it’s essential that concessions towards compromising an individuals civil liberties, must only be made where there are tangible benefits for that person and society as a whole, and not simply because the systems have been developed, and must therefore be used regardless.

In future, if this type of technology is applied in a more ‘focused’, considered and appropriate way, perhaps this will offer greater safeguards for every single ‘average’ law abiding data subject.

That said, without any public debate on the subject, the likelyhood is we will just keep charging further into our surveillance society, with little regard for any previously cherished notion of the right to roam without being the subject of constant surveillance.

The concept of a surveillance society may now be an accepted principle here in the United Kingdom, but is it really that much more of a step to take, before we find ourselves living in a surveillance state ...?


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