The Royal Gazette reports that the Police hope to have an island-wide network of CCTV cameras, including the ability to track vehicles through license plate recognition. This adds to the existing surveillance and tracking capabilities operated by TCD, the Police, and apparently sometimes outsourced by Government to private security companies.
And, changes to the local telecommunications regulations in recent years oblige telecoms providers to assist the authorities with surveillance over users’ voice and data traffic. The public has no way of knowing the extent to which the police leverage that law.
The public wants to feel safe and to have successful prosecution of crimes – so will often tolerate increased public surveillance to that end.
But at the same time, Bermuda has no established regulations regarding the collection, storage, and use of such data. Nor do we have any privacy legislation worth talking about. This is a problem – and should be dealt with now before abuses of these technologies occur. Because they will.