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Cavoukian: Cameras Not Curbing Crime

SURVEILLANCE

July 26, 2013

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has said that surveillance cameras are not the “silver bullet” solution for stopping crime, Cornwall Seaway News reports. Cornwall police, who are using the IPC guidelines, are doubling the number of cameras in the city. Cornwall’s police chief said, “We’re seeing marginal decreases in areas we expected to go down,” and added, “The police are not interested in snooping, we’re interested in deterring crime.” Cavoukian has expressed concern about police access to collected images, which “could lead to potentially privacy invasive activities and improper surveillance.”
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