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Dystopic Visions Sweep Toronto as Surveillance Camera Installations Go Forward

If past discussions are any indication, surveillance cameras (or spy cams, depending on how much Orwell you've been reading) are a hot topic in Toronto. By May 1st of this year Toronto Police are expected to have installed fifteen cameras in three areas of Toronto, being 31 Division, 42 Division, and the Entertainment District, five each.

Privacy lobbyists are up in arms, but does one have a right to privacy when traversing a public space? If Supt. Jeff McGuire's claims are true, the windows inside private buildings won't even be captured thanks to advanced software. Thanks to a nice investigation by Rannie Turrigan regarding the rights of photographers, anything captured visually while standing in a public space is fair game; I guess if you want privacy, close your shades.

Keeping in mind that these cameras are being put up in public spaces, where do you stand on the issue of "public privacy"?

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