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Haggis@wk wrote:While revelations about government eavesdropping and data-mining operations are no longer headline news in the U.S., in Britain the debate is just getting started. Gordon Brown’s government is pressing ahead with plans to store the phone calls, text messages, and emails of every citizen for a year, along with details of every website visited.
What could go wrong?
Piq, has your Dad’s head exploded yet?
Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the "routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.
PHILADELPHIA – A suburban Philadelphia school district used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit.
Lower Merion School District officials can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations, according to the suit.
piqaboo wrote:That's nasty.
Easily solved - can you say "masking tape", boys and girls? I knew you could.
Students sick of getting their lockers broken into and having their money disappear set up a cell phone camera to hopefully catch the crook in the act.
Deputies said the video showed the crook was Steven Simmons, 49, their PE teacher.
It’s news that spread quickly at North Marion High School. “There’s videos going around and forwarded messages of his mug shot, and it’s crazy,” said Shelby Revels, a North Marion High student.
Deputies said at first Simmons denied going into the lockers. However, when confronted with the video, they said he confessed to stealing money from students for years.
DavidS wrote:I was wondering whether there are any assessments as to whether CCTV cameras will be useful for catching the perpetrator(s) of the car bomb in Times Square, or might have been a deterrent against more "professional" terrorists, or have helped in some other way?
dai bread wrote:Reports in my paper give the impression the cameras didn't help much. What got the guy was old-fashioned police work involving tracking the purchaser through the VIN on the vehicle's engine block, and its sales history.
Shapley wrote:I'm afraid CSI and N.C.I.S. have given people the impression that all these closed circuit cameras are capturing crime in exquisite detail all the time.
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