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Big brother is watching you

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 30,477 mod
Apparently Britain has the most surveillance in the world after China. There is reckoned to be one surveillance camera to every eleven head of population. But it seems that the idea of Internet surveillance and cameras spying on everything we do doesn't faze the Brits at all. If anything, they are just not bothered about it.

What do you think? Do you see surveillance as an intrusion on your privacy? Or do you welcome it as a way the authorities can protect you? Even if you have nothing to hide, do you agree with the Germans who are shown to be less willing to share their privacy?



  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,840 mod
    We are Big Brother @mheredge. Nearly everyone has a camera / video in their smartphone nowadays...
  • yijunliuyijunliu Posts: 14 ✭✭
    hi, I think it might be a trend in near years. In some point of view, it could push people to behave "correctly" in any kind of situation :)
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    It sounds funny but whenever I see a surveillance camera, I start waving at it with a smile. :) :)
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,840 mod
    You would get a repetitive strain injury in the UK Bubbly.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 30,477 mod
    Haha @Lynne. I tend to pull a silly face when I see a camera. I find it sinister that practically the only ones in Kathmandu are in the main Tibetan area of the city and we're installed there at the insistence of the Chinese.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne Oh! a smile doesn't work in UK. ;)
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge I did this once. But, then my sister forbade me to do this as the surveillance team might get offended. :)
  • eng.samuellpeng.samuellp Posts: 51 ✭✭
    I think that surveillance cameras are needed nowadays, but authorities must have control over them to avoid invade our privacy.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @eng.samuellp surveillance cameras usually intrude our privacy without brining it to our knowledge. :)
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,840 mod
    edited November 2015
    Exactly, they are, by their very nature, an invasion of privacy. The biggest problem is, they might be put up for all the right reasons, but it only takes the wrong people to come into power and we are all in big trouble. Imagine what the Nazis would have done with this technology.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 30,477 mod
    The problem is misuse of information. I'm not against the idea as long as it's handled very carefully.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge do you think they will let us know about their handling of the information?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 30,477 mod
    I think the Data Protection Act in the UK is supposed @Bubbly (though you probably have to apply as they wouldn't tell you otherwise). But I'm still not particularly convinced it works always in practice.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I usually feel insecure when security cameras are around because sometimes these cameras make me to move consciously. But, I never forget to wave with a smile. :)
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