Washington Monthly’s November 2009 issue has an article about how London has about a million surveillance cameras.
‘Two years ago I warned that we were in danger of sleepwalking into a surveillance society,’ said the British information commissioner. ‘Today I fear that we are in fact waking up to a surveillance society that is already all around us’ (Malanowski, 2009).
And employees in large and small companies are waking up to surveillance employment that is already all around us. Data bases that check the computer systems we use, some employment is terminated as a result of improper computer use.
Movies have been made that reflect the use of surveillance equipment to monitor crime, many years ago it did not seem as possible as it is. The police are not the only thing clocking your driving speed, so is a camera on the traffic light. Malls have cameras systems, some security TVs the customers can see. This new use of technology and advances in technology make the profession of surveillance available to individuals, an example is home security systems. Some homes have outside cameras that monitor the door and garage areas.
Other countries are more honest about the use of surveillance equipment. As Managers and Leaders we must stay up-to-date on surveillance abilities and protect individual’s rights. Management and Leadership also requires in some cases, becoming an advocate. Some surveillance use may be questionable.