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Published: Saturday, May 4 2013 3:39 p.m. MDT

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Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

When you are out in the public eye so to speak(on the street, in a public park) where does one get the idea there is an expectation of privacy. I don't get that philosophy. If there is or was any expectation of privacy how do paparazzi get away with all they get away with?

one old man
Ogden, UT

When in public, I welcome cameras. They can do a lot to keep us all safer.

Inside my home, that's a very different matter. But even having some cameras outside can provide vital information or evidence if needed. There need to be some strict rules on access to pictures and video and how long it may be kept, but fearing "big brother" is just nonsensical. (Unless you're up to something . . . . )

Contrarius
Lebanon, TN

@Rikitikitavi --

" If there is or was any expectation of privacy how do paparazzi get away with all they get away with?"

Paparazzi get away with it because celebrities are considered "public figures" -- so different rules apply to them. If somebody tried the same things with a "regular" private citizen, they could be sued for harassment or perhaps arrested for stalking.

I'm uncomfortable with the proliferation of security cameras everywhere, but I do recognize that they made a big difference in the Boston case and in some criminal cases. Even so, we do need to make sure that there are strict limitations on their use. We already know that records of any kind -- whether that be drivers' license info, hospital admissions info, whatever -- can easily be misused, and security cameras present yet another opportunity for people to be prying into our lives.

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