People’s privacy concerns are at an all time high, mainly because the potential of the U.S. government or state government’s abilities to infringe upon those rights is similarly higher than ever. While you might be concerned about cameras on every street corner or drones flying overhead, NYC Mayor Bloomberg says your concerns are futile and that a Big Brother state is inevitable.
“You wait, in five years, the technology is getting better, they’ll be cameras everyplace…whether you like it or not,” Bloomberg said on his Friday morning radio show on WOR-AM. And for those who are concerned about privacy rights, about you’re their lives being under constant surveillance, Bloomberg added, “The argument against using automation is just this craziness that ‘Oh, it’s Big Brother.’ Get used to it!”
In Manhattan alone there are at least 2,400 surveillance cameras trained on public spots, according to the ACLU and the New York Daily News. Some of these cameras are operated by the city and others by business owners.
Bloomberg warned that these stationary cameras won’t be the only things growing in number, that New Yorkers will likely one day be recorded by drones. He offered the belief that there is really nothing anyone can do to stop it, saying Peeping Tom laws could help but that the technology and future of law enforcement and security is headed in that direction regardless.
Failing to see the difference between a camera on a light pole, for instance, and one on a drone, Bloomberg said that we are moving into a “different” and “unchartered” world.
This sort of doom and gloom talk from a city politician is rare. Rarely do those at the upper levels of city management admit that cameras on every street corner or drones are the ultimate goal. But while Bloomberg says these things are bound to happen, he takes absolutely no ownership of the problem despite being the head-honcho for the country’s largest police department.
“We’re going to have more visibility and less privacy. I don’t see how you stop that. And it’s not a question of whether I think it’s good or bad. I just don’t see how you could stop that because we’re going to have them.”
As Americans, we have rights. We are protected against the government spying into our homes and even into our cell phones. What they see when we are in public is another matter.
Whether you are found on a surveillance camera committing a criminal offense or if a member of the city’s “finest” accuses you of drug possession, you have rights. When faced with a criminal charge, you need the assistance of someone who knows those rights and can help you protect them. Contact our offices today to discuss your case and the legal options available to you.