German Anti-Surveillance Campaign Coming to US

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Apr 15, 2014

The German Pirate Party recently created an anti surveillance campaign that focuses on the security (or lack of) that cameras provide people. The PP is now working on English version of the flyers to reach more of Europe and possibly cross over to the United States.

For this note, we review the flyers and share our findings from talking with its creator.

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Comments (2)

While it may have value in changing attitudes and perhaps even law, I'm not sure it's relevant to those who procure video surveillance. A number of IPVM discussions have been initiated by individuals exploring options in the wake of a loss, as for example the gentleman who had a child's bike stolen from his back yard. I would argue that stopping repeated incursions into his child's play space improved his security. A number of IPVM discussions have addressed numerous government and business reasons to utilize video surveillance, such as the metro banana peel incident. A recent article implied that unjustified slip-and-fall lawsuits were on the rise, and a single incident was more than sufficient to justify video surveillance system payback. A recent article addressed a major retailer's video tools to address shrinkage, experienced through the eyes of a perpetrator. At the point of purchase, these posters didn't seem terribly compelling in light of many of the reasons to procure surveillance.

We always point out that surveillance does not identify who the suspect is normally. However it does protect the innocent suspect. The boss knows straight away it was not his staff member, and the house owner knows it was not his neighbor.

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