The fine was waived because a crime had been committed. Wade Deisman, also a member of the Surveillance Camera Awareness Network, said he is receiving an increasing number of inquiries about the issue of privacy as home security cameras become more commonplace.Deisman said people have concerns over high resolution cameras “being trained on them from next door if they garden or sunbathe in their own backyard.” But monitoring or regulating their use is complicated because of the laws governing privacy, and because of the difficulty of proving that harm has been done — or that what looks like a camera really is one.
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In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something." Followed by strange status information that notably included the lines "Microphone: Yes" and "Audio Capture Allowed: Yes".
Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room.
As more homeowners spread the reach of “Little Brother” by installing security cameras on their property, chances are images of their neighbours’ properties or the neighbours themselves could end up being recorded without their knowledge.
And while provincial and federal privacy laws are designed to protect citizens from snooping by governments and businesses, they don’t apply to cameras on individuals’ private property.