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Cities can purchase street lights capable of recording our conversations

New street lights currently being installed in Las Vegas are capable of recording video and audio. Some worry this is yet another attempt by authorities to potentially invade the public's privacy.

New street lights currently being installed in Las Vegas are capable of recording video and audio. Some worry this is yet another attempt by authorities to potentially invade the public’s privacy.

The City of Las Vegas has installed street lights that have capabilities of recording your conversations- if they want to.  Currently the lights are installed around Las Vegas City Hall and officials are insistent that they have no plans to use the surveillance feature of the cameras.  If that is the case, what is the point of installing them?

According to Neil Rohleder with the Public Works Department told NBC News 3 in Las Vegas that the main reason for installing the new lighting system is not to record anyone or anything.  Apparently, the lights can also pump music out of them through the use of an iPad.

(photo: 2UrbanGirls twitter)

(photo: 2UrbanGirls twitter)

(photo: 2UrbanGirls twitter)

(photo: 2UrbanGirls twitter)

So the city installed light fixtures, that come with music and cameras, for our enjoyment? Who the hell are they trying to fool?

The fundamental question is how will tourism be effected should city officials decide to start spying on their guests when they announce the cameras are turned on?  Or for the sake of safety, will we ever truly know if they aren’t already on?
Is this how we want our tax dollars spent?

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