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CCTV: Friend or Foe?

SURVEILLANCE—AUSTRALIA

July 9, 2010

During Tuesday's IQ2 debate, parties argued the value of CCTV cameras, with the affirmative side proposing "Better more cameras than more crime," and the opposition citing lack of effectiveness and privacy concerns. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon dismissed privacy concerns, saying, "in many cases, people don't care about their privacy being protected." But human rights barrister Julian Burnside said having your privacy ''stolen by stealth'' through CCTV is different than the conscious reduction of privacy through social networking. After the debate, about 80 percent of the audience agreed with the opposition, while 19 percent thought more cameras was a good idea, according to the report.
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