buss Surveillance devices on buses recording conversations without you knowing

From San Francisco to Baltimore governments are installing surveillance devices on buses that will allow them to record any and all conversations that we might be having while travelling on the buses because we all know that buses are the ultimate ride for criminals and terrorists.

From San Francisco to Baltimore governments are installing surveillance devices on buses that will allow them to record any and all conversations that we might be having while travelling on the buses because we all know that buses are the ultimate ride for criminals and terrorists.

While there has been video surveillance on many city buses for years, they didn't have any audio to go with the images being captured.  However, that is about to change in a number of major city transit hubs across the nation including cities like San Francisco, California and Baltimore, Maryland.

Once installed, the audio recordings will be linked with the existing cameras which will allow easier browsing of the incoming feeds because of the ability to play them back simultaneously. The recordings will be stored in the equivalent of a "black box" on the bus where it can then be accessed at a later date for viewing. These boxes are said to be able to hold up to a month's worth of recordings at a time.

As to be expected the arguments – pro and con – are beginning to rage over this addition to the already existing system with some saying that this is just a further protection of both the passengers and drivers while others are saying that this is an infringement of basic civil liberties. The discussion on this side of the argument is that because these "conversations" can be transcribed they can then be collected and scrutinized by officials without any warrants—with or without the supervision of the courts.

The only problem with this argument is that this isn't something new as these audio surveillance devices are being added to already existing video surveillance systems on the buses, which, as creepy as it might be, have already passed any legal sniff tests.

via Geekosystem