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Taxi Cameras Irk Some, Please Others

SURVIELLANCE—CHINA

November 28, 2011

Audio and video recorders installed in about 6,000 Nanjing taxis are sparking privacy concerns in some, but others argue the recorders will help protect public safety. China Daily reports that while audio recordings will be stored in a data collector in the cab, images will be transferred to the police and transportation management authorities. "The only people who can have access to these recordings are the police and transportation management authorities who have proven they have reasons for dealing with public safety or with passengers' complaints," said Xu Hong of the Nanjing Passenger Transportation Management Office. Similar systems have been put in place in New Zealand, also eliciting privacy concerns.
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