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Friday, November 2nd, 2007

London Cameras

As a regular reader of Bruce Schneier’s excellent blog on security issues (which naturally examines impacts on privacy as a security trade-off), when I came to London I knew that I would probably be visible on at least one camera the whole time I was walking the streets. However, I had to chuckle when I encountered this sign in a pub in the Westminster district:

Toilet Sign in Pub in Westminster

Isn’t this taking the British fetish with cameras just a little bit too far?

On second thought, this is only funny if the sign placement was ill-considered. If it was intentionally placed as a practical warning, it is chilling.

Incidentally, for my flight over to Europe I had a long layover (eight hours) in Chicago O’Hare airport. I spent the time reading, trying to watch the Chargers game in a crowded sports bar, and ducking back and forth through security for a smoke. I hadn’t had much sleep the night before, and at some point I set down the book I was reading and walked away. I realized what I had done too late to go back, and at first I was concerned that someone might see it and call the bomb squad in. Then I thought about it and hoped that they would. The name of the book? Beyond Fear, Schneier’s very practical guide to making rational security choices.

Posted by Greg in Privacy, Travel

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