Camera Surveillance

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  • The use of a camera to scrutinize an individual or a group. Traditional surveillance involved any means of gathering information through observation, even interpersonal supervision. Camera surveillance, on the other hand, is part of what social scientists call the “new surveillance”—that is, the use of new and emerging technologies in extracting personal or group data. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is used to a much greater extent in Britain than in the United States. First introduced in the mid-1970s in a few Underground stations, two decades later, more than three quarters of the country's budget for crime prevention was being used to install CCTV in parking lots, city centers, and crime “hot spots.” Even in the United States, where there is much more resistance to CCTV, several ...

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