Privacy concern over cameras
The police should move to guarantee there won’t be an invasion of privacy if they set up an extensive network of street closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras, lawyer Douglas Trotman says.
Speaking to the DAILY NATION yesterday, Trotman said that he was in favour of surveillance cameras but didn’t want to see the system abused by unscrupulous people.
“I won’t say no to cameras, but a major issue that would arise is the possibility of invasion of privacy through the abuse of the information gathered,” he told the DAILY NATION.
“The cameras may pick up information that is not of a criminal nature and a genuine concern would be what happens to that information, whether is it used in or against the pubic interest. My question is: who will guard the guards?”
Trotman was commenting on statements made by Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin during a Press conference Tuesday.
Dottin said having an extensive closed-circuit television (CCTV) network would significantly help Barbados’ crime-fighting effort.
Trotman agreed that surveillance cameras could help in solving crimes and also force some people to modify behaviour in public. (TY