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Post-Game Privacy Concerns Aired

SURVEILLANCE

February 19, 2010

The Olympic Games are underway and the conversation about the impact on citizens' privacy persists. In a VUE Weekly report, Laura Collison explores what civil libertarians have warned could be an unwelcome lingering effect--a city under surveillance. She asks, "What happens to the infrastructure when the Games conclude?" The privacy commissioner of Canada said recently, "Experience has shown that Olympic Games and other mega-events can leave a troubling legacy--large-scale security surveillance systems installed for mega-events often remain long after the event is over. Though Canadians have been assured many of these measures are temporary, no guarantees have been made..."
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