Don’t be taken in; our security cameras need to stay private. Giving the government access to our homes is a terrible idea, and one we should not be entertaining.
First, the company that makes these cameras and devices pedals in fear, and the “agreements” it has with police departments are nothing more than a marketing ploy.
In the past, the company has paid police to get citizens to install these in order to reap the benefits of collecting information on the homes that have them. This is also the same company that pushes crime reports to people’s phones to make crime seem far more rampant than it is, to get and keep people afraid so that they continue to use its services.
Even if the company were honorable, one that respected our rights and privacy and was even nearly as concerned with any sort of civic responsibility as it is with profits, this would still be a bad idea.
There are virtually limitless questions with this Orwellian concept. A short list comes to mind: How long will the footage be kept? Who can make the request? How big are the areas covered by each request? What kind of software will be used on the footage, license plate readers, facial recognition? And even then, if all of the pertinent questions are answered, do we really want the government to have a direct portal into our lives, knowing who comes and goes into our homes and our neighbor’s?
It is said that this will be only targeted and specific, but experience has shown that, not long from now, this system will be “upgraded,” and even well-meaning citizens will tire of being asked anytime the authorities want to look at their camera, and an “always allow” button will appear.
Perhaps most of all, we need to remember that, no matter what is claimed, no footage turned over to authorities can be kept private.
This idea may have been an honest attempt to aid law enforcement, but it is one that needs to be shown the door.