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This is not really on topic for this discussion but since I've mentioned my local police force and their automated license plate reading system several times (and the weekly email from the Police of Chief) I thought this excerpt from the latest email would highlight how much technology is changing even if it isnt directly related to privacy...

The 4-foot diameter dome, that resembles a radar weather dome, is actually an automatic retractable hangar for our Drone. The department has been working with a company over the past two years on a system to automatically dispatching a drone to certain police calls and assist officers and other first responders by being able to provide ariel support.

I think this actually is directly related to the question of privacy today.

If I lived where you are and got that message, I would simultaneously think it is very good from a public safety viewpoint they have that tool, and very disturbing from a privacy viewpoint.

If we feel we can trust the authorities, which I do want to do, then I naturally want them to be able to respond quickly to suspicious activity. It could easily save a life, catch a perpetrator, stop a crime. But it's also one more occasion when someone can be watching you.

I prefer to have trust in its good use, and so that would be how I took it. But some people probably would think me na´ve, and they may be right....

So there's the dilemma, one of the dilemmas of our times.

Bob.

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