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Concerns Abound Over CCTV Network

SURVEILLANCE—NEW ZEALAND

August 29, 2013

ONE News reports on concerns that a CCTV network in Auckland will invade privacy. Auckland councilors have agreed to a one-year pilot programme in order to set guidelines for the cameras. But one attorney says surveillance cameras haven’t been proven as effective crime-fighting tools. “There is no great proof from 19 studies that I’ve looked at that CCTV footage leads statistically to a significant drop in crime,” he said. “So the real risk is we are sacrificing our freedom, our anonymity to be able to move around unsurveilled, for the sake of a fiction.” Meanwhile, a live music venue in Christchurch is under fire for posting photos of two alleged vandals to Facebook in order to shame them.
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