Camera Proliferation Raises Concerns
SURVEILLANCEMarch 15, 2013
CBC News reports on the proliferation of security cameras and how the collected information is used. One security expert said his company installs approximately 900 systems in an average year, estimating the city of Saskatoon alone has between 15,000 and 20,000 such systems. Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson has expressed concerns about their use. “You’re collecting the personal information of everybody who walks that hallway or walks past the camera,” he said, adding, “And that opens up a whole set of responsibilities.” He noted one area not covered by provincial or federal privacy law is cameras in the workplace. “There are no privacy laws that apply to protect employees,” he said.