Smile, You’re On Candid Camera

Across New York there are 8000 spy cameras, watching your every move, estimates the New York Civil Liberties Union, and there also are innumerable cameras at ATMs and operated by private businesses and buildings, according to a report by the New York Daily News.  Wherever you go, particularly in Manhattan, you probably are caught on camera.

This has its good points.  When a NYPD officer body slammed a bicyclist during a Times Square protest, somebody caught the action on film, uploaded it to YouTube, and now the cyclist is suing.

Or ask the JFK Airport TSA who was caught on videotape stealing electronics from a checked bag, and who was subsequently arrested.

New York also has hundreds of cameras set up to monitor traffic — 45 in Manhattan alone — and of course these cameras also track people.

Want to avoid all cameras?  In New York, it’s not easy.  But there’s ISee, developed by the Institute for Applied Autonomy, which helps New Yorkers pinpoint where surveillance cameras are and map a route designed to avoid them.


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