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Somebody's Camera Is Watching You

ONLINE PRIVACY

November 8, 2010

They are tiny, lightweight and can even be worn tucked into your hair accessory or just above your ear as they record everything that's going on around you. The New York Times reports on these "wearable" cameras that have the ability to "record life's memorable moments as they unfold" and the privacy questions they raise. Harvard Prof. Jonathan Zittrain suggests that with proper procedures in place, the cameras could help future historians, noting, "We have painstakingly reconstructed ancient civilizations based on pottery and a few tablets... I would love to leave this legacy instead." However, he also acknowledges that as photos and video of unsuspecting individuals show up on the Internet, the devices are likely to raise privacy concerns. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's note: Read more about the practice of recording every moment in the feature, "Valuing, protecting and commoditizing your personal information: Is 'data banking' the answer?" from the June edition of Inside 1to1: Privacy.
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