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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Security cameras: Ensuring safety or invading privacy?


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Fiona MacKinnon
Legal specialist, 26 (New Zealander)
I'm OK with giving up some of my privacy for some security, but I think that the security cameras should always be signposted.

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Yuli Kim
Localization, 29 (Kor./Jap.)
Security cameras may prevent potential crime and help catch the suspects but they won't help me when I need help. Having privacy invaded may be the price we have to pay today.

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Gilbert Forsyth
Teacher, 24 (American)
A camera targeted at an ATM is a prudent security measure. Sweeping CCTV installed in the hopes of catching some undefined act of wrongdoing is a violation of privacy, expensive, and ineffective.

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Akiko Koperu-Miyamoto
Phone firm employee, 33 (Japanese)
Usually I don't worry about it. I think it's good as long as it's not in my room. I think they protect us from street crime. The rate of street crime is rising in Japan.

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Takuya Wada
Engineer/photographer, 31 (Japanese)
In my occupation I have to use cameras, so I think it's a moral matter for the person who uses the images. If it's for security I think it's OK.

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Mio Kobayashi
Call center employee, 24 (Japanese)
Depends on where they are placed. In places where they are used for crime prevention (department stores, stations) they would not be a violation, but having it in someone's home I don't really agree with.



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