Deseret News Interviews McCormack on Privacy in Era of Electronic Surveillance

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, many Americans believe the kind of camera surveillance that helped to identify and locate the suspects in that crime are permissible, according to a recent New York Times survey.  But are we too quickly surrendering our constitutional right of privacy?

Wayne McCormack, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was among the sources who addressed that question in a May 4 Deseret News article, “Security vs. liberty: Where do we draw the line?”

In the article, McCormack introduced the concept of a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” and noted that the public’s expectation of privacy in public places is limited.  What’s different, he explained, is that with the proliferation of cameras, there is now the possibility of a permanent record of our activities.

“We still have expectations of privacy, but they’re much more limited because of technology,” McCormack told the Deseret News. “They are limited to our home and to some areas where we consciously surround ourselves with private barriers.”

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