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Letters: Emerging surveillance society should worry us

A camera box records the activity in Five Points.
es set up in Five Points to record the popular nightlife spot.
A camera box records the activity in Five Points. es set up in Five Points to record the popular nightlife spot. mbergen@thestate.com

The emergence of the surveillance society and the resulting death of privacy scares me.

Body cameras on police and cameras in high-crime areas may be justified. But the capacity to poke a camera into everybody’s business at any time, then put it in the cloud and on Facebook and into the hands of anyone with a computer, smartphone or any device with a screen scares me. It’s worse when you add in all the hacking and the digital do-gooders ready to apply political-correctness standards on everyone at all times.

I’m glad that Hitler, Goebbels and Stalin did not have access to the technology we have today. Just think about the money Hitler could have saved on beer by using the Hitler Youth and their cell-phone cameras to keep track of everyone doing everything. With drones capable of spying on everyone, everywhere, any time, we are so far beyond George Orwell’s 1984.

As we move into the political silly season, I hope some of the candidates will address the issue of privacy or that the public will show some concern over our loss of it.

William C. Heitsman

Darlington

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