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1/13/2014
09:16 AM
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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Surveillance: Fast, Cheap, And Out Of Control

The cost of surveillance has served as a natural privacy protection, but today's mobile technology changes the equation and begs for updated privacy laws.

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ChrisMurphy
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1/13/2014 | 9:13:56 PM
Re: Privacy Law
We've seen this play out before -- think of spam, and how we needed new laws for direct marketing when it costs fractions of a cent to send a solicitation rather than what it cost to mail a post card. But other times we just used to the exposure and digital data access. What signs do you look to that people really are getting worried or fed up?   
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/13/2014 | 7:42:10 PM
Re: Add drones to the equation
Particular alarming are gigapixel cameras, which can accurately capture every face in a crowd from a considerable distance.
cbabcock
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1/13/2014 | 7:35:36 PM
Needed: new protections against loss of privacy
In the age of the Internet, Information wants to be free, particularly, about you and me. For citizens to continue to think their own thoughts and be willing to vote them, as opposed to ones that the authorities behind the surveillance system approve of, there has to be privacy. Privacy as a right is an endangered spciies, and if we lose it, we lose all prospect of further democratic development as a society. We need contemporary tests of what consitutes a violation of privacy. Then we need law makers willing to buttress the tests  by putting them into laws and surveillance protocols, imposing new protections.  No spying from public places like the street into private places, like the home. A fine commentary, Tom.

 

 

 
WKash
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1/13/2014 | 6:08:50 PM
Add drones to the equation
With the FAA now testing the commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft, the potential for cheap surveillance will soon take on an added dimension.

 
Laurianne
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1/13/2014 | 12:06:04 PM
Privacy Law
Thoughtful column, Tom. Big data plays into this conversation as well. Big data analysis is creating medical ethics questions and it will create law enforcement ethics questions. Who will decide what data police departments get to slice and dice regularly? Location privacy is just an early hotspot.
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