Orlando reports 40 city-owned cameras aimed at public

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Whether you’re using an ATM, driving through a busy intersection or stopping at the corner store for a gallon of milk, there’s a good chance cameras are following your every move.

The message they are meant to impart: Don’t even think about doing something you shouldn’t, because you will be caught in the act.

There are some places security cameras are expected — in banks, at convenience stores, and in malls. But did you know that along Orange Avenue and throughout downtown Orlando, about 40 city-owned cameras are aimed at streets, parking garages and store entrances? And within weeks, at least four cameras will be installed at Lake Eola to allow police to keep an eye on activities there.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal government has provided millions of dollars to municipalities to set up sophisticated camera systems, which enable the police to zoom in on street activity night and day, according to University of Florida law professor Christopher Slobogin, author of the book “Privacy at Risk: The New Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment.”

Full Story: Federal government has provided million of dollars to cities to fund cameras since 9/11