All Eyes on California Town


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The tiny town of Tiburon, Calif., wants to install almost $200,000 worth of security cameras so it can track all the cars coming into its city limits. Officials think it’s an effective measure against car theft. NPR says the “plan could effectively turn Tiburon into perhaps the nation’s first public gated community.”

Nevermind that crime, and car theft, is low in the town. This is another example of supporting the wrong solution to solve a big, tough problem. Nicole Ozer of the ACLU says instead of spending money on more law enforcement, they’re doing something that opens a can of worms – one that can lead to charges of spying and discrimination.

Jennifer King, a Berkeley professor of technology and public policy, goes even further to say privacy protections are a risk here – and can ultimately be used against the residents. She says these this type of data is always used for more than its original intent, citing toll records that have been subpoenaed in divorce cases.  

At a city council meeting, Tiburon resident Terry Graham said, “I’m horrified this is before us. We shouldn’t be surveiled every moment of the day. Why do we need to spend money to surveil residents who are innocent?”

Article via NPR and the Marin Independent Journal

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2 Responses to “All Eyes on California Town”


  1. 1 Josh Zytkiewicz November 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I would support this if they made the video available to all residents.

    For example, here’s a link to all the Wisconsin department of Transportation traffic cams around my city.

    http://www.511wi.gov/Web/Cameras.aspx?countyfilter=Dane

  2. 2 Seattle November 27, 2009 at 12:58 am

    The same thing is already being done in Media, WA. (City where Bill Gates lives).

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009873854_medina16m.html


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