Information Gathering in the Era of Mobile Technology: Towards a Liberal Right to Record

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Information Gathering in the Era of Mobile Technology: Towards a Liberal Right to Record

Cameras are everywhere. From private security footage to homeland security surveillance to the photographic mapping of the streets of the world, people today are under constant scrutiny while in the public sphere. This phenomenon raises numerous legal questions, but possibly most problematic is the ubiquity of camera phones; today everyone has the ability to instantaneously create a video and spread it across the world. The enormity of this power at first glance seems to beg for legal regulation, but the nature of the issue cautions against it. Videos, after all, are just a medium of expression. And liberal democracy places a premium on freedom of expression, often to the detriment of other rights.

 

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