More Of Your Basic Rights Are Being Taken [Pic+]

Submitted by: fancylad 4 years ago

Public buses across the country are quietly adding microphones to record passenger conversations. Good? Bad? Scary?
There are 23 comments:
Male 7,337
Truth is, these bother me less than the intersection `revenue` cameras.

You have no expectation to privacy in public. It`s only new because the technology has now made filming easy & cheap.
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Male 729
Cameras stop crime.

We have more cameras in the US and we have an all-time low crime rate... practically nonexistent. Life is very good and we get along like an educated family.
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Male 1,737
In this day and age of cell phone cameras being on every other person you cross paths with, it`s nothing. Frankly it`s good for the drivers to have some audio to back up their claims of asshats.
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Male 215
...Yes, your basic right to not be recorded while riding cheap public transportation with safety issues on free public roads.
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Male 928
On a bus this is great I mean read the new some time riding a bus is dangerous these days. But outside areas where we obviously need this kind of thing it is a problem.

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Male 684
i think that word doesn`t mean what you think it means..."rights"
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Male 244
seriously if someone wants to hear me bitfching about whatever on the bus more power to them - im famous beeches!
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Male 5,811
Your basic right to privacy on *public* transit? The hell?
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Male 13,624
I live in a pretty quiet street, but in a 400 yard area I can count 5 street cameras, on the way to work (which is only 4 miles) I count over 30,
plus 6 speed cameras, and 18 speed humps.
plus 4 vehicle calming chicanes. Overkill aint the word
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Male 13,624
Not surprising, its growing everywhere
we have cameras everywhere in our factory, for ``security reasons`` its crap, UK has I think the most cameras per person in the world, has it stopped crime.. hell no, they just wear balaclavas
or hoodies,like everything, up the ante the opponent ups his
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Male 508
No need to panic yet Americans...at least not until the barbed wire on those border fences get switched the other way around. lol
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Male 31
Welcome to Oceania
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Male 1,252
Last year a 70+ year old man was beaten to death by 4 hoodlums in the middle of a night on a public bus...driver couldn`t/didn`t/(shouldn`t?) do anything to stop it...if this brings about a way to catch these priks in the future than fine by me.
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Female 355
I don`t find it a question of is it legal, but is it a necessary expenditure at tax payer`s cost? Nothing is "Government funded" it`s tax payer funded. I haven`t ridden on a city bus in a long time but I`m sure the camera`s they have installed are sufficient enough for "our saftey" And I`d much rather see the money go elsewhere ..like bringing up our average infrastructure score above a C- then to pay for the ability to record the daily banter of some dbag talking about his 8 dollar macchiato in hopes of someday catching a criminal.
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Male 330
Who cares? If you`re not talking about blowing something up, no one is going to care. It`s not like the government is going to get into a nation-wide blackmailing scheme, outing everyone having an affair etc.
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Male 761
Not if they`re in public. If you`re in public you can film anyone if it`s not for commercial use. ANYONE in ANY state. Direct from the ACLU site:

"When in outdoor public spaces where you are legally present, you have the right to capture any image that is in plain view. That includes pictures and videos of federal buildings, transportation facilities (including airports), and police officers."

If I`m in a state that you believe I can only film government workers then a "private" citizen as opposed to a public citizen walks by, do I need to delete that portion of the filming??? No. If it`s in public and not for commercial usage then it`s ok.

This is simple.

I do like how you want to contradict me, yet you still agree with me. If this was a camera on a light post, it`s still legal.

It being on a bus is inconsequential.

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Male 1,341
Meh, don`t care. My conversations aren`t very important.
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Male 329
@peakingo, Police officers (and other gov officials) are officers of the public. Pretty much anything they do while on duty is public domain.. The rest of us are private citizens. Some states grant rights to privacy, others don`t. But in this case you`re on public transport so they are probably within their ability to record you.
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Male 2,552
It`s public transportation. Don`t want to be recorded by the government, don`t ride in government-funded transportation.
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Male 761
another point. The freedom granted to us regarding filming police in public is the same they use to film us.

We can`t have it one way then complain when it`s turned to us.


I apologize for the sloppy comment earlier, here`s a revision:

you should by now know that can`t have any expectation to privacy in public. That`s a good and bad thing.
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Male 761
you have should know by now that we have expectation to privacy in public. That`s a good and bad thing.

For a guy taking up-skirt pics it`s bad, for the women it`s good.

Either way, it`s their right to film in public.

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Male 14,330
They already video you sound is just to help for court cases.
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Male 19,840
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