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The CCTV dilemma

Cyprus Today Opinion

Cyprus Today Opinion

The CCTV dilemma

  • 12.02.2019

The thorny issue of computeraided state surveillance is one that is here to stay in our modern world and is now even reaching the shores of our island home.

“Undesirables”, including those with expired tourist visas, and terrorists are to be weeded out at ports of entry eventually to be equipped with facial recognition cameras, and public spaces will be fitted out with CCTV.

The new protocol with Turkey signed this week should rightfully help to prevent a host of violent and other crimes often committed by visitors to the island with existing and serious criminal records.

An explosion of such crimes is something law enforcement worldwide is struggling to contain in the era of global migration — in which political and economic policies are intimately linked with poverty and crime — and Turkey and North Cyprus are no exception.

We now live in “a corner of earth touched by heaven . . . and CCTV”.

Yes, valuable evidence will be garnered as evidence of crimes which might otherwise go unpunished. Most people will feel much safer for it as they read newspaper accounts of more violence and theft.

However, definitions of “undesirables” and terrorists vary tremendously from region to region and these powers must not be abused.

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