Taxi Cameras, Privacy and Obligations
    2010-10-04 10:52:10     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu Leiying
 
The decision of the municipal government of Wuhu, Anhui province, to install video cameras inside the city's taxis to prevent possible crimes against cab drivers has triggered a wave of debates in the Chinese media.

While the majority of the public support the decision, a good number of people, especially some experts and media, have voiced concern over infringements of a citizen's right to privacy.

An editorial in China's leading English newspaper, the China Daily, says although such concerns are understandable, it disagrees with the misleading comment that taxi drivers' safety comes at the cost of passenger's privacy.

Some media has argued that since the passenger pays for the use of the cab, what he does inside should be shielded from watching eyes.

Yet, the paper points out that what a passenger buys in a taxi ride is only a service of getting him or her to a destination instead of the use of the cab or its inner space. Therefore, a passenger's conduct inside a taxi doesn't warrant privacy.

The China Daily also notes that any society consists of both rights and obligations on the part of its citizens. Besides, surveillance equipment in public places has played an important role in cracking down on crime.

The editorial appeals in conclusion that our media and experts should promote the idea of citizens' obligation to help maintain a safe and orderly society at the same time as encouraging people to maintain their privacy.
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