Quote Originally Posted by pentaxuser
We have exactly the same problem in the U.K. especially London where the mayor was threatening to erect notices warning parents of photographers, especially those with digis and mobile phones. The 7/7 suicide bombers in London seems to have persuaded the authorities that a mass of people taking photos may produce useful information in such situations. If the mass of a city's population take street photos constantly it's then equivalent of CCTV cameras on every street which is where we are heading anyway.

Presumably 24hr CCTV taking pictures of kids is OK provided it is in the right hands, that is to say the authorities in which the populace can have total faith. This rings a bell. Ah yes, it's the nightmare scenario in George Orwell's famous novel 1984.

In Japan, the survery cameras in the subway systems are in high demand, too partly because there was a sarin-gas attack by a bizzare cult group over a decade ago in Tokyo. That was the beginning of this part of the history for the people over here, and some died and many still suffer from it.

Then last night I read a little news that the subway in the city of Nagoya, a woman sprayed other passengers and ran away a few days ago, and she has not been caught yet. Now the newspaper and the local police blame on Nagoya's subway system because there were cameras installed but no the recordings of the images were taken regularly.

My fear is that the camera and the recording are becoming inevitably inseparable as a package, and that's because the police want them just to catch a little criminal like that woman, who may have just used a little pepper-spray that anyone can buy. That's where we are today at least in this part of the world.

Sorry to go off topic.