Advanced Surveillance

Does advanced surveillance affect civil rights and privacy?


Surveillance is all around us. In our phones, computers, buildings and streets. In New York, statistics say that you are likely to get caught on camera 7 times each day without even knowing it. Is surveillance invasive or just protecting the citizens? Let's find out.

Surveillance is the act of monitoring or watching.

  1. Some can do it through the eyes of the camera or video feed
  2. Some are undercover people for a corporation


  • Advanced Surveillance can protect America's children
In one New York elementary school, parents that want to pickup their child early are gently coaxed into looking into a wall mounted camera. That camera immediately scans the parents iris and pairs its unique 247 points to a match in the school database. If no match is found the parent is not let in.

  • Advanced Surveillance can come at a cheaper cost
Robert Bruce is the superintendent of Pitman, N.J middle schools. He spent only $15,000 over a 2 year period to install cameras and intercoms into his districts 5 schools making those schools safer by tenfold

  • Advanced Surveillance can protect our country
Since the tragic 9/11 attacks, updated surveillance and recon hove stopped about 99% of attempted future attacks making our country much safer.


  • Some surveillance technology is to be tested for the military
Some federal agencies (FBI, CIA) are using schools near there offices to test tech. for later use of the military
  • The technology can be personally abused
In a Michigan law enforcement office, officers were caught using there city-wide surveillance system to help them and their friends track estranged spouses, stalk women and threaten drivers after altercations
  • The power of the security industry has become concentrated in a group called power elite, a group comprised of politicians, military officers, and corporate bosses.
Some politicians are actually concerned for welfare of the citizens. The majority though use the technology for domestic policing and crowd control, or for information-gathering on young people, public housing occupants, those driving the highways, individuals who dress a certain way, or those who do not follow all rules issued by the political establishment.

Final Thoughts

I think the advanced surveillance industry is a tool and power to easily used for personal and corporate abuse. When it is used in that way it completely violates your civil rights and privacy. However when used for the use of security like protecting a school or a country then no it does not violate your rights and privacy. I think the reason that the surveillance is abused is that it is put into the hands of someone who can be tempted to do those things. So, the solution is to take that power away and put it into the hands of something that will not be tempted, such as a computer that monitors everything without the help of a human. A computer that monitors everything by itself.


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