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Melbourne Road Imaging Project, Privacy Invasion?

SURVEILLANCE—QUEENSLAND

July 18, 2013

The City of Melbourne has contracted a company to “capture and deliver” 3D imagery using car-mounted video cameras to aid in maintaining public roads, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. One resident, however, says the cameras are peering over fences into private yards and "could see what was happening in everybody's backyard along there…It's a total invasion of privacy.” According to a city spokesperson, the project hasn’t been publicised because it is “intended to capture City of Melbourne assets and property frontages visible from public roads only…Community privacy is protected as the images are not being made available to the public and are only being for used for council purposes."
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