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Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Limits

theodp (442580) writes | about a year and a half ago

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theodp (442580) writes "People seem to be okay with constant corporate or government video surveillance in public. Let a lone individual point a video camera their way, however, and tempers flare. GeekWire takes a look at the antics and videos of Seattle's mysterious Surveillance Camera Man, who walks up to people and records them for no apparent reason other than to make a point: How is what he’s doing different than those stationary surveillance cameras tucked away in buildings and public places?"

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mapfortu (2567463) | about a year and a half ago | (#41843871)

FDA, medical devices, FCC, interference. Class B devices are not licensed for medical purposes. Medical devices require release forms. That people are able to take your picture, in public, is not a right. They are able to get away with it due to faults in the legal process. A class B electronic device cannot be applied to a human without their purposed consent. If you could simply gamma ray people whenever you want then the FDA would not have their entire business on medical devices. Picture taking devices, same thing. Is it legal to walk up to someone with a low voltage taser? Low voltage or not--the action is an assault with an unlicensed medical device. Cameras are in the exact same electronic device class (even fully mechanical cameras, if you are able to find one).

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HexaByte (817350) | about a year and a half ago | (#41845331)

Uh, no. The Supreme Court has upheld the right of photographers to photograph anything or anyone clearly visible in public.

Using that photograph for commercial purposes, however, requires a model release. Using it for personal or editorial purposes does not.

There's a lot a difference between a video camera and a gamma ray device. Cameras record, not emit.

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