University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff on Surveillance Cameras and Privacy Rights

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June 6, 2011

Professor John Burkoff discussed the implications of surveillance cameras for privacy rights.  Burkoff told the Valley News Dispatch that police and prosecutors love the cameras and the evidence they can supply, but some question the effectiveness of cameras as crime-fighting tools.  According to Professor Burkoff, the cameras are legal and constitutional when used in public places, as long as they are used in reasonable ways that do not impinge on privacy.  "The question is: what is reasonable?"



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