Addressing the privacy question

By: | Issue: October, 2017
September 25, 2017

Increasingly sophisticated cameras may enhance security, but they also raise privacy concerns.

Administrators must confront these issues when upgrading surveillance technology and tracking the analytics it generates, advises Larry Consalvos of IXP Corporation, the company that provided software, consulting and project management for Cal State, Northridge’s systems.

At the onset of implementation a few years ago, university president Dianne F. Harrison issued a statement that explained the benefits of using technology to keep the campus safe, and signaled that privacy would be a key consideration.

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Security cameras would not monitor workstations, private offices, desks, classrooms, living areas or other spaces where there was a reasonable expectation of privacy, Harrison said. In the process, she affirmed the need to maintain a balance between security and privacy.

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Mark Rowh is a Virginia-based writer.