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Granted, in today’s society this story probably isn’t considered odd or weird – just everyday life in our super-connected global community. However, if you could go back in time about 50 years or so and tell someone about all the surveillance that’s happening these days they probably would think you are crazy. It’s funny how crazy gradually evolves into normal, isn’t it?
The NSA scandal put a bright spotlight on the kind of activity that’s been going on under our noses for quite a while. Many suspected that these kinds of things were happening and the whole Snowden-NSA scandal just confirmed it for the world to see. A lot of crow has been consumed by former “skeptics” who scoffed at the idea of such far-reaching government surveillance before we all learned just how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
1. Security Cameras
There’s no doubt that security cameras have their place. Many homeowners and businesses have used them to discourage criminals and prevented who-knows-how-many crimes. There are also numerous cases where criminals were captured because of security cameras. Like so many other things in life, they can be used for both good and bad. Just as a kitchen knife can be used to simply cut up some carrots, it can also be used to stab someone to death. Similarly, cameras can be used to deter crime for the greater good or spy on people who don’t even know they are being watched. Even staunch privacy advocates aren’t likely to oppose people using cameras on their own property, but whether or not every street corner and public park needs to be monitored 24/7 is another matter. Is that safety or is that just spying? You decide.
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