Surveillance Technology

Can surveillance technology endanger civil liberties?


  • Fourth amendment protects people privacy in home's papers, houses, persons, and effects.
  • Fourth amendment isn't violated if there exposed in public.
  • For decades systems have been in place to find satellite communications, phone calls, monitor e-mail, and web traffic.
  • About 63% of bosses monitor internet use, 15% view video, 12% record and check phone messages, 47% review email, an 8% check voice mail messages.


  • It can help stop abductions.
  • It provides higher security at a lower cost.
  • New technology can find suspicious situations without facial recognition, license plate readings, or human operators.
  • People have been caught stealing because of surveillance technology.
  • A guard could watch a monitor for only 10 to 20 minutes before getting bored.
  • A security camera never gets tired of monitoring.


  • Objects under a person's clothes can be viewed.
  • Requires a lot of data.
  • X-ray scanners scan a person's body resulting in a detailed picture of their body, American Civil Liberties called it a "virtual strip search."
  • Can trigger false alerts.
  • Can track your heart rate.
  • Cameras have trouble monitoring busy and complex places.
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EQ: Can Surveillance Technology Be Used Without Endangering Civil liberties?

  • Yes surveillance technology can be used without endangering civil liberties under government law.
  • Most of the new surveillance technology can watch even in your own house and private property which in my opinion endangers civil liberties.
  • My answer is Yes and no some surveillance technology is perfectly fine others though threaten civil liberties.
  • If your not committing a crime why care about a hidden camera watching you.
  • It doesn't break the fourth amendment even if it is on private property and the owner took measures to conceal it if you can see it from a lawful vantage points.
  • Most of the the time what we think is an invasion of privacy doesn't break the fourth amendment.


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Fewkes, Glen W. "Public Video Surveillance Can Violate Privacy." Privacy. Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "How Far Can Public Video Surveillance Go?" Security Technology Executive (Oct. 2009): 40. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

Hogan, Kevin. "U.S. Intelligence Agencies Must Curb Their Reliance on Surveillance Technology."Espionage and Intelligence Gathering. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004. Current Controversies. Rpt. from "Will Spyware Work?" Technology Review 104 (Dec. 2001): 43-47.Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivativ...

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