Do Camera Phones Excuse Government Surveillance?

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 15, 2011

While public surveillance systems increase around the world, concerns remain about their misuse and potential privacy violations. However, US privacy concerns are generally fairly low, especially compared to the UK. To that end, a recent US City Police Captain's justification of why his surveillance system does not violate privacy is especially interesting. His logic: "If there's a fight happening on the street, it's on YouTube 30 minutes later. What's the difference [of public surveillance]?" This raises some fascinating points.

On the one hand, video captured by the public on their phones is clearly becoming a major societal factor. We've seen this vividly in a Seattle police filming incident, leaked surveillance video from security guards and argued ourselves of the risk / impact of camera phones. The use of these phone is increasing rapidly with estimates of nearly 400 million of these phone sold in 2013. If we are not already at, we will soon be in a world of ubiqituous personal video cameras. This will change the perception of privacy. If everyone can (or is) recording you anyway what does it matter if the government does so as well?

** *** ***** ****, *** *********** ***** ** *** **********'* use ** ************ *****:

  • ********** ******* *** ********* ****** ** **/*/***; ******* ******* *** almost ***** ** *** **** **** ** ***** ** ***** has ******* ******* **** *** ***** ** ** ******** ** an **********.
  • ********** ***** ********* *** ** ****** *** ************** ********; **** if * ******* ****** ******** ***** ** ** **********, *** likelihood **** ****** ***** **** *** ***** ** ** *** (for ***** ******* *********, ******** ** ****** *** ***** ****** by **** **** * *** ****** ****)
  • ********* ***** ***** *** ** **** ** ***** *********** ****** large *****; ***** ******* *** ******** ** ******* ***** ******** and ***** ********* ** ***** ***********. ****** * ****** **** a ****** ***** *** *** **** *** ****** ** *** on * ****** ** ***** ***** ** ** ********.

** ***** ** ** ******* **** *********** *********** ***** ******* a ****'* ************ *** *********** ***** ***** ******. *******, ***** is ** **** **** ** '******* ************' *********, *********** **** use **** ** * ********* ** *** ******** *** ************ does *** ******** ** **********'* ******.

***** ****: ******* ******* ***** *** **** ** *************** $* ******* ** * ****** ************ ****** **** *** to ** ***** ******* ** ****.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Axis Partner Elder Care Video Analytics (Smartervision) on Dec 07, 2016
Can video analytics be used to improve the care of the elderly? Axis and a video analytics startup, Smartervision, are working together to do so....
FLIR Acquires Drone Manufacturer For $134M on Dec 01, 2016
FLIR has acquired Prox Dynamics, a Norwegian maker of small military-grade drones, for $134M.  FLIR president Andy Teich provided additional...
Silicon Valley Startup Launches People Counting As A Service on Aug 09, 2016
A Silicon Valley startup says their people counting sensor is so accurate it's free, just pay for the data. They recently raised $4M from a top VC...
Bribe Accusations By Multiple US Cities Against Taser on Jun 17, 2016
One company is dominating the body camera business - Taser. The stun gun leader aims to grow a VSaaS powerhouse and take over one of the fastest...
Security Planning For Bars And Nightclubs on Jun 16, 2016
The shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub is raising questions among entertainment venue owners, and security professionals, about how to balance...
Hitachi Crime Prediction Analytics Examined on Jun 03, 2016
Hitachi, relatively unknown in the security industry, says their forthcoming analytic software can "predict crimes before they happen". We spoke...
Police Require Problem Businesses To Get Video Surveillance on May 31, 2016
Government intrusion or smart practice? One city is requiring business that cause repeated problems to get video surveillance. In this note, we...
Americans Vastly Underestimate Being Recorded on CCTV on May 24, 2016
Americans vastly underestimate how often they are recorded on CCTV, by a factor of ~10x, based on a Google Consumer Survey study that IPVM recently...
Hikvision Exec Simultaneously Chinese Government Security Leader on Apr 27, 2016
New information shows a Hikvision executive is simultaneously a leader within the Chinese government national security ministry. This runs counter...
Knightscope Security Robot Examined on Apr 19, 2016
Silicon Valley is bringing us security robots, or as the startup, Knightscope, likes to call it, "Advanced Physical Security Cutting Edge Anomaly...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Hikvision vs Dahua Mobile Apps Tested on Dec 07, 2016
With smartphone use and low-cost video recorders surging, many user's main interface to their surveillance system is their phone. With mobile video...
Paxton Drops US Reps, Plans Major Expansion on Dec 07, 2016
Paxton is gearing up to make a big run at  US access control success. The first step they have made is to cut all US Rep Firms, in anticipation of...
Axis Partner Elder Care Video Analytics (Smartervision) on Dec 07, 2016
Can video analytics be used to improve the care of the elderly? Axis and a video analytics startup, Smartervision, are working together to do so....
Power Drill Selection Guide on Dec 06, 2016
Boring holes is a basic part of running cables for most security system projects. To do so, you will need to choose the right drills for various...
Milestone Favorability Results on Dec 06, 2016
In our second installment of manufacturer favorability results (first was Pelco), we turn to Milestone. 100+ integrators rated and explained what...
XiongMai Master Password List Emailed By Chinese Spammer on Dec 05, 2016
XiongMai created an international uproar as their devices drove massive botnet attacks of major Internet sites. After pledging to recall cameras...
Hikvision Cloud Security Vulnerability Uncovered on Dec 05, 2016
A security researcher uncovered a critical vulnerability in Hikvision's global cloud servers. This vulnerability allowed an attacker to remotely...
Door Operators Access Control Tutorial on Dec 05, 2016
Doors equipped with door operators, specialty devices that automate opening and closing, tend to be quite complex. The mechanisms needed to...
Pelco Favorability Results on Dec 02, 2016
This is the first in a series of studies of manufacturer favorability. 100+ integrators rated and explained their views of each manufacturer. We...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact