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Chicago Security Cameras: Too Many – Or Not Enough?

Chicago Security Cameras: Too Many – Or Not Enough?

Recent events continue to demonstrate that security needs and issues have changed dramatically in our post-9/11 21st century: and the publics’ concerns regarding privacy have also evolved.

  • credit card data theft
  • Facebook and online privacy
  • consumer privacy
  • cyber security
  • government “Big Brother” intrusion
  • full-body airport screening


In the highly technological world we live in today, our demands for privacy rights have never been stronger. But at the same time, in today’s world of increased security threats and attacks, the public’s demands for security have also increased.

Balancing the right to privacy with the need for public safety is an intense conversation in Chicago as the public evaluates the expanded use of security cameras. When we watch a TV show, we expect the crime solvers to use a building’s security cameras to identify a suspect or the get-away car. When the attacks at the Boston Marathon resulted in the suspects’ identification via public security cameras, we applauded today’s technology that keeps us all safer.

Yet when we ride the CTA and realize that CTA security cameras can capture the name of the book we’re reading on our morning commute to work, we start to question if we have given up our personal privacy to government invasion.

According to Slate.com, the Chicago police department has installed over 8000 security cameras in the last 10 years, and the CTA has over 3600 cameras.

The ACLU accuses Chicago of over-reaching by installing too many cameras. “The 22,000 total is up from an estimated 10,000 the city had access to in February 2011”, DNAinfo.com reports from an ACLU report. Calling for stricter rules on installing security cameras and stronger proof that security cameras are actually detering or solving crime are two measures the ACLU is recommending.

“Public surveillance cameras and civil liberties can coexist if cameras are implemented and employed responsibly,” says Nancy La Vigne, director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

As the public worries about loss of privacy, we also demand increased security. “I will say, as I always have, because we have continued to put cameras throughout the city for security … purposes, they serve an important function for the city in providing the type of safety on a day-to-day basis – not just for big events like a marathon, but day-to-day purposes,” according Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to CBS Chicago.

Public safety and security are critical quality of life issues for all of us. But so are personal privacy rights. One thing is for certain: in the foreseeable future the debate will continue as government and business attempt to increase security efforts while the public demands both privacy and safety.

What’s your position on the privacy versus security debate?

 

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