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Village surveillance cameras spark debate

July 15, 2013 06:30 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last month, people around the world marked 1984 author George Orwell’s birthday by placing party hats on surveillance cameras. The book had jumped to the bestseller list after revelations about the breadth of domestic surveillance by the NSA became public. Meanwhile in Saugerties, a second surveillance camera was installed overlooking the corner of Market and Main streets, and a third is planned for Russell St. With questions of liberty and security on the minds of all Americans, we decided to see how Saugertiesians feel about the cameras. In a time when most people are willing to let social media and email applications mine their data in exchange for advertising, and most stores have cameras, is there any reason to feel uptight about public cameras? Is privacy in a public place a contradiction in terms?
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