No pri­vacy in pub­lic

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

Drew McArthur, B.C.'s act­ing in­for­ma­tion and pri­vacy com­mis­sioner, seems to be con­fused about the mean­ing of pri­vacy. When you go out in pub­lic, you re­lin­quish any ex­pec­ta­tion of pri­vacy, hence the term “pub­lic place.” If you want pri­vacy, stay at home or go to a pri­vate prop­erty.

While sur­veil­lance cam­eras may not pre­vent crimes, they go a long way in help­ing po­lice solve crimes, which I’m sure that every­body favours. The loss of some imag­ined pri­vacy while in pub­lic is a small price to pay if it helps solve crimes.

Greg Thorn­ton, Port Co­quit­lam

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