By now, everyone’s probably seen some version or other of the Banksy CCTV mural. This one has that nice “small thing being surveilled” angle.
Now there’s a new twist. A band that was too poor to afford a music video clip, performed in front of CCTV cameras and then demanded the footage using Britain’s Data Protection Act. It’s a wonderfully subversive action, and a great way to make a name for themselves. I just hope that there are no negative repercussions when the Government learns that its technology has been used in such a way. The more pranking of the Nanny State, the better, I say.
Of course, the pro-CCTV fundies will point to this as evidence that the technology is at least harmless, and even beneficial to society. Sure – if you call subsidising unsigned bands to make video clips from the public purse a good idea. And that’s about the only good thing to come from a system that costs millions world-wide, and has been shown in several studies not to cut crime.