Privacy vs. Security

961 Words Feb 7th, 2018 4 Pages
With the amount of violence and corruption that routinely takes place throughout Beirut and other surrounding areas, there are governmental proponents for the usage of such cameras in an attempt to deter future acts of violence. Prior to the middle of the last decade, however, Lebanon was not a place in which video recording in public places routinely took place. As such, a number of dissidents to the proposal for cameras claim that their rights to privacy even in public spaces will be violated by the deployment of security cameras. The Lebanese government, then, is stuck with one of the most prevalent issues today in answering the question of whether or not security is worth abandoning one's privacy. A look at all of the relevant issues in this debate reveals that the government should not readily employ these cameras, and that doing so is a wanton dissolution of privacy for Lebanese citizens.
Granted, the threats of terrorism and acts of violence are very real. In some ways, the country is still recovering from militant displays and conflicts between pro-Syrian protestors and pro-democracy demonstrators in 2005 (Bay, 2005), especially after Iraq was given over to a democracy. Proponents of using video cameras to watch the streets believe that doing so will not only reduce acts of crime in the form of a deterrent, but will also be able to actually…
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