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CCTV for the G20

SURVEILLANCE

May 21, 2010

Toronto police have begun installing 77 closed-circuit video cameras in and around the city's financial district to address security concerns in connection with the G20 Summit in June. The Globe and Mail reports that only 18 such cameras are currently in use in Canada's largest city, prompting some privacy advocates to raise concerns about the removal of the additional cameras once the event is over. Police have said the cameras will be taken down but that any footage depicting potential evidence will be retained. Voicing concerns about the additional CCTVs, Jonathan Goldsbie of the Toronto Public Space Committee said, "I'm expecting the worst from the G20, but I'm more concerned about leftover technology and leftover police infrastructure."
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