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CCTV Cameras Capture Images of Text Messages

SURVEILLANCE—NEW ZEALAND

May 4, 2012

The quality of CCTV cameras in the Rugby World Cup arena is so good that camera operators zoomed in close enough to read text messages on the phone of a spectator, according to Superintendent Grant O'Fee. TVNZ reports that speakers at a Wellington privacy forum discussed the concerns and benefits of this level of surveillance and its uses. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff noted, "If the text showed the person was plotting a riot or something, then it might well be legitimate for the police to use that under the coverage of exemption for law-enforcement activities," adding, "there are many, many great uses for the technology, and we just have to make sure we balance those."
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