Misuse of cameras installed in public places

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Many people feel that the use of surveillance cameras in public places, such as parking lots, is a good idea that can help ensure our safety. Others worry that too many cameras violate our right to privacy and give law enforcement officials too much power. In your opinion, should we install more surveillance cameras in public places? Why or why not? Support your position with specific reasons and examples.

In the last few decades the cost of surveillance cameras in public places has increased significant since the cost of the cameras and associated technologies has decreased to a large extent. There are some advantages of installing the cameras in public places like having records which will help in identifying any trouble maker easily. Also criminals are less likely to vandalize public property, commit crimes if they are aware that all their activities are being recorded. While security agencies are using these factors to increase the usage of these cameras, there are some disadvantages which are rarely discussed.

One of the biggest disadvantage of these cameras are how citizens are now denied the right to privacy from the moment they leave home. This is a major problem for women who face the problem of sexual harassment. In some cases, the security agencies are corrupt and are using the surveillance for sexually harassing women, especially women who have powerful enemies. The surveillance cameras are used to monitor the activities of the women being sexually harassed, so that the stalkers can molest her. In some cases, the video footage from the cameras is being misused for character assasination of vulnerable women. The video footage is being photoshopped to defame the woman,ruining her reputation and these defamatory videos are being widely circulated. For many positions, the reputation of the person is considered, and if defamatory photoshopped or manipulated videos are being circulated by a competitor, the woman may be denied the job she otherwise deserved.

The corrupt security agencies may also misuse the surveillance to provide information about about a particular individual or business to criminals. This information is then used to commit crimes. For example if the robbers wish to target a jewellery shop for crime, the camera can be used to find when the shop opens, who visits the shop, whether there is any security. Like all other electronics, the video footage can also be robbed by hackers and misused. So though the camera can be used to detect and prevent crime to some extent, it is also possible to misuse the camera footage for destroying the life of innocent citizens and committing crime

By November 15, 2020.    Uncategorized