Wednesday, April 28, 2004

USATODAY.com - Florida town to use blanket of surveillance cameras:: Privacy is an important concern, but people need to understand the power of computers. Specifically, data-mining bots are not the same as snot-nosed FBI interns. Having a judging human look at your private information, from an inevitably biased view, is unnerving to most -- understandably. Not wanting some program to scan your file for something abnormal or wrong, i.e. criminal, is good for society and not a threat. The article has a perfect paragraph:
"Courts have ruled that in a public area, you have no expectation of privacy," said Walker, one of 11 sworn officers who protects Manalapan's 321 residents. Still, Walker says Manalapan's data will be destroyed every three months.

As I've said before, let's have cameras everywhere in public, bots reading our emails and seeing our financial transactions, and a large number of humans to oversee any such operation.
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