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The Difference between Lonely Old Ladies and CCTV Cameras: A Response to Ryberg

Res Publica, Vol. 14, pp.43-47, 2008

Posted: 6 Apr 2010  

Benjamin J. Goold

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

This article considers the question of whether it is meaningful to speak of privacy rights in public spaces, and the possibility of such rights framing the basis for regulating or restricting the use of surveillance technologies such as closed circuit television (CCTV). In particular, it responds to a recent article by Jesper Ryberg that suggests that there is little difference between being watched by private individuals and CCTV cameras, and instead argues that state surveillance is qualitatively different from (and more problematic than) surveillance by ‘lonely old ladies’.

Keywords: CCTV, Surveillance, Privacy rights, Public spaces

Suggested Citation

Goold, Benjamin J., The Difference between Lonely Old Ladies and CCTV Cameras: A Response to Ryberg (March 1, 2008). Res Publica, Vol. 14, pp.43-47, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1585508

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