Seattle “Creepy Cameraman”

Posted: November 4, 2012 by IntentionalPrivacy in Issues, Privacy, Uncategorized
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Several online blogs have written about Seattle’s “Creepy Cameraman.” He takes videos of people in public places without asking their permission first. You can read about him and watch some of his videos here: http://www.geekwire.com/2012/seattles-creepy-cameraman-pushes-limits-public-surveillance/

The guy taking the videos reminds people who object that surveillance cameras are everywhere, as if that makes his videotaping without asking permission perfectly all right.

Would you allow someone to videotape you in public? What would you do to stop him or her? The people in the video who objected didn’t seem to make any difference to the cameraman. Should someone using a camera have to ask permission before filming a person going about their ordinary life in public–eating in restaurants, walking in malls, sitting in their cars?

What if the person is doing something–not illegal–but that they don’t want publicized? Possibilities include having an affair, getting medical treatment, going into a building of an employer’s competitor, gambling, drinking …

You might also want to check out these articles on Google’s Project Glass, also known as Google Goggles http://www.technologyreview.com/review/428212/you-will-want-google-goggles/ and http://venturebeat.com/2012/04/04/google-glass-augmented-reality/. The NY Times describes the project here http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/google-begins-testing-its-augmented-reality-glasses/. These glasses–as well as many other current electronic devices–would allow someone using them to photograph or videotape someone or something unobtrusively.

As technology changes so rapidly around us, the lines blur more around our personal privacy and security.

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