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Is your backyard public?

My guess is that it is semi-private(like a public bathroom) you cannot do everything you would in your house their but you can pursue people if they peep.
post #22 of 90
This technology isn't new...

It's been around for years but is only now being dispensed to lower government authorities.
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Abuse how? Watching you sunbathe naked in your back yard? I'll give you that one.

Or, for example, an operator could use it to stalk an ex, or wife. Given that there was recently a story of an NSA employee doing just that, I don't think it too far fetched.

Edit: here is the story I'm referring to.

I'm not saying that it is impossible to do this without the new system, there already exists a camera network or you could just, you know, follow someone. However you have to admit that this system would make it a lot easier for this kind of abuse to be carried out without proper oversight. Hence my question, who watches the watchers?
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post #24 of 90
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Ya but then if they have the full context your crime will be annulled as you would be able to prove that you were an exception.

Do you have any idea the cost to defend yourself in court? It is astronomically high, and good luck with a public defender.

The reality of the situation is that a defense is so expensive that most people are forced into taking some sort of plea deal because they can't afford to actually fight to prove they are innocent. The ones that do end up fighting and winning are still pretty much screwed because of the slander the fight cost alone.

There is never any way of truly winning once you are accused of certain crimes, just the accusation being made public is enough to destroy you.
    
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Yes. The government can see what you are going to do before you will do it. They can read your mind and are going to imprison you for thinking. Come on, man.
I wasn't really being serious. I don't really think that this is the movie Minority Report. Come on, man.

I do think this an invasion of privacy.
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This is an invasion of privacy. With this technology you can bypass laws pertaining to evidence gathering and monitoring. People can still have a reasonable expectation of privacy in public spaces. Discussions between friends or partners don't suddenly become public domain because they took place on the street.

Being out on the street is being out on the street with other people and that's it. There's no - oh, I'm now on the street so everyone is entitled to knowing what I do when I'm out.

The biggest issue with this is that at one point the people on those monitors may stop being people in the eyes of the watchers. They'll simply become data, dots moving around. Technology like this lends itself to abuse and power tripping. It's dehumanizing in a way.
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Typical sales pitch of taking 500 year old tech, and applying it too today and calling it brand new.
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So crime happens on a cloudy day now in Compton?
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I wish they spent less money on "defending" quality of life and more on actually giving people a quality of life.
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This is an invasion of privacy. With this technology you can bypass laws pertaining to evidence gathering and monitoring. People can still have a reasonable expectation of privacy in public spaces. Discussions between friends or partners don't suddenly become public domain because they took place on the street.

Being out on the street is being out on the street with other people and that's it. There's no - oh, I'm now on the street so everyone is entitled to knowing what I do when I'm out.

The biggest issue with this is that at one point the people on those monitors may stop being people in the eyes of the watchers. They'll simply become data, dots moving around. Technology like this lends itself to abuse and power tripping. It's dehumanizing in a way.

sums it up. and as we all know, oversight doesn’t work now its just an inconvenience that pro-democracy people fight for that's constantly at risk of being removed.
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