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Surveillance cameras in Pennsylvania use hackable Chinese tech (lancasteronline.com)
37 points by seapunk 60 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments



>“Any idea how many kids in public schools are on probation?” Skrinjar asked.

>Two thousand, he told them.

>“We have their pictures,” Skrinjar said. “We can put them in the system and restrict where these people go, and keep them out of areas they’re not supposed to be in.”

That people who don't understand how unacceptably dystopian this is can rise through the ranks of law enforcement says a lot about the culture of law enforcement.

>The Caucus requested copies of agreements governing the use of the cameras and, in response, Zappala’s office said none existed.

The good ol' "we're not in violation of policy because there is no policy".


Some people will have a HTTP 451 with this url. But it's available here: https://outline.com/KTn97c


Which means that they violate their visitor's privacy, and don't want to stop it.

Funny, that such a site reports about other's privacy violations.


Doubly funny, since the paper is from Lancaster PA and the article doesn’t once mention how Lancaster is surveilled by hundreds of cameras in a public-private partnership, with unclear oversight.

http://lancastercsc.org/our-programs/camera-map/


Unfortunately, a lot of reputable news sources have the same issue with the GDPR rules.


Yes, and - to certain extent - it is understandable, but I have seen similar (conceptually) messages expressed in much nicer ways.

This one sounds to me plainly rude.


Yep, thanks for the outline link, however as a side-side note it is the text accompanying the 451 that is IMHO interesting:

>451: Unavailable due to legal reasons

>We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, contact customerservice@lnpnews.com or call (717) 291-8611.


Hackable systems would be very useful to gangs and organized crime. They could stay a few steps ahead of law enforcement. They could also know when you are not home or where all the latch-key kids are. Would the companies running these systems be liable for damages, or is that too hard to prove?




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