Where do Americans stand on surveillance? That depends on which kind. A study this month by the Ponemon Institute found that some forms of surveillance were acceptable to Americans, while others produced strong negative reactions. For example, people were most concerned about telephone wiretaps, Internet spyware, item-level RFID tags and computer chip implants. But fewer people opposed employers monitoring email, hidden traffic cameras, selective airport screening and cameras in store dressing rooms. About 900 people around the country were polled in the telephone survey.
March 17, 2006 at 2:09 PM