Wireless cameras: security or snooping?

Friday, 16 May 2003, 11:34 AM EST

Wireless surveillance cameras could intrude on consumer privacy, data protection and civil liberty, according to experts.

Campaigners' fears have been sparked by products such as the Nokia Observation Camera (£300), which can take high-resolution pictures triggered by a motion sensor, and send them to a mobile phone or email account.

Such devices represent a leap forward for home surveillance, offering consumers a cost-effective and unobtrusive method of monitoring their property.

The cameras will be classed as surveillance systems under UK law, and will have to be registered and regulated in the same way as CCTV cameras.

But there are fears that they could be used to spy on people as well as protect property.

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