'Big Brother' Coming Near You Soon!
Camera videos (called Close Circuit TV or CCTV) have made their way into people’s daily lives. Not only do they record the facts to be used after the crime, but they also spot "anti-social acts" by talking to people who behave badly – whatever that means.
Now the whole process has finally come to its logical conclusion and indeed, Big Brother is just a bit closer to home:
The police released the footage they had of him to a TV station (Granada TV) and it went out on their program “Crimefile” the next day. As a result the poor man was suspended by his boss! Even though he was eventually able to cleared his name, he was traumatized. No kidding!
Here’s the details of the story in The Register, with a sensible comment in the end:
Just last weekend, a long feature in the Sunday Times went into this very scenario of innocent people being caught up in a web because data is accumulated so fast that people automatically assume guilt.As you may know, the
is currently the most monitored place in the entire world. There isn't a street in UK where you can't be picked up on CCTV cameras. The rest of the country is much the same. London