While I understand the rationale behind the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) use of cameras to catch high-rise litterbugs my concern is that such cameras can and will intrude upon the privacy of home owners.
Having security cameras on a street or places where crimes can be committed is fine, if it helps deter criminal activity in public places. However, we do not want any cameras in private areas such as changing rooms or toilets, as it is an invasion of privacy.
Now, with these high-definition surveillance cameras focused on suspected homes, it is hard to understand how this is not an invasion of privacy in one’s home, one’s private area.
This plan raises several questions: How long will a suspected litterbug be observed? How many people have access to these videos? Who will be reviewing the videos every day? Who will be holding on to the videos? Will videos that show littering be destroyed? How much can the cameras see?
Instead of feeling safe, now, I am well aware that my movements and daily routines can be watched, observed and recorded, if I am suspected of being a litterbug. I also worry about the safety and privacy of our wives, girlfriends and daughters.
As much as there is a need to act against high-rise serial litterbugs, I am against it if our private lives are watched and recorded.
I strongly urge the NEA to be transparent on this issue.
This letter was written by Donovan Chee.
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