The spy camera today has become as common as the the everyday necessities we take for granted, like toothpaste. This type of camera has evolved to the point where it is virtually undetectable. It is truly a groundbreaking piece of technology and a very useful one especially for crime prevention and deterrent. But, are we really cognizant of the fact that spy cameras can also be used for other things like invasion of privacy.
Spy cameras can come in various shapes and sizes or can be fitted into various household or office items making it undetectable. They can be fitted into various items like watches, door name plates, chewing gums, car keys, pendants spectacles and many others. The imagination is the limit. Spy cameras can come in various types such as the button camera, wall clock camera and scenery camera. These are especially adapted for household and property use.
Spy cameras can be used in many legal and ethical ways. The obvious is observing and photographing a criminal in the act of burglary, a shoplifter stealing items or a person trying to steal money from a bank. Spy cameras can also be used as proof and documentation to expose corrupt politicians. All these are legitimate and useful use of the spy camera. Without the use of spy cameras, a lot of criminals would have gotten away.
However, what is the legal and ethical limit of the use of the spy camera. The issue of invasion of privacy is one that we must wrestle with. How far should one go when using a spy camera. The United States and other nations have use them to spy against each other. Is this ethical? Some may say yes and others will undoubtedly say no. The cry may be that we need to spy in the interest of national security. This indeed necessary and vital. But the question is; where do we stop and when do we put on the brakes? When do we cross the line from the protection of national security into invasion of privacy.
Personal privacy should be the right of everyone regardless of which nation you live in. however, the spy camera is quickly eliminating personal privacy to the point of non existence. Some one can take a video of you during some embarrassing moment and put it on the internet for everyone to see. That may be okay in the embarrassing moment happened in public. But what if it happened in the privacy of your bedroom or while you are on the toilet. Is that invasion of privacy?
The spy camera continues to evolve and become more and more subtle and undetectable. This could be a threat to personal privacy. The use spy camera should be legally and ethically controlled so that its misuse could be eliminated. The protection of personal privacy in vitally important and should not be taken for granted. To achieve this, the ethical and legal use of the spy camera should be carefully evaluated.