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Thought I would make a new post rather than possibly drag the Britain: An International Perspective thread off topic but it seems that a lot of people feel very strongly about the amount of CCTV and similar things (ID cards etc).
Now to me I can't really see the big deal about CCTV, the idea that you have a right to privacy in a public space seems a little wierd, or at least no more wierd than the 'if you throw it away its public property' thing that turns up all the time in US cop shows which I can see having far more serious complications. Additionally, whilst I can see people feeling a bit uncomfortable when there is a couple of cameras (or the new ones they are trialling in a few town centres that have speakers attached so the police can shout at you if you start causing trouble on a friday night) with the more conventional cameras doesn't the amount of privacy you effectively have almost revert back to normal - there is just too much data to trawl through just looking for crimes, it becomes purely a reference for the police to go back to when they are aware of when and where a crime occured. I would be a little more wary of them if there was some computer program monitering the events in all the cameras but I think we're a fair bit away from that.
What are the main arguments against widespread CCTV? Are people against it in principle or is it more a slippery slope/wedge strategy thing or just the way its being implemented?