Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Crowdsourcing App Logs All Street Cameras

You may not be able to control the privacy of your electronic data. But keeping yourself off security cameras? There’s an app for that.

A new crowdsourcing mapping app called Surv gives city dwellers a way to prepare themselves for that kind of privacy infringement by mapping where those cameras are and what they’re used for.

Currently in private beta-mode for New York (and raising money for a wider release on Kickstarter), the app encourages users to post the locations of security cameras around their cities, along with a description of the camera--whether it’s a traffic camera or a police camera, a dome camera or a shielded one. (more)

It was noted that during the recent Boston bombings the FBI asked businesses if they had security videos. One would think, keeping a database of public cameras (proactively) would be an essential part of "Homeland Security". This app might fill that vacuum. How ironic that privacy advocates will build it for them. ~Kevin