Ramsey County Sheriff shows off citizen snooping network
Shades of Orwell? Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher has pulled back the curtain on a network of wireless video surveillance cameras that will eventually allow citizens to snoop on each other and report their fears to authorities. The system will also make it possible for deputies to see the live video while on patrol.
Fletcher says civilians are being trained to use the devices, and he promises that there will be hard and fast rules in place to prevent users from wantonly spying on each other and invading each others privacy. But KARE 11 reported that privacy advocates are skeptical. And it made us want to go back and look at the "1984" trailer again, just for fun: