The quality of CCTV cameras in the Rugby World Cup arena is so good that camera operators zoomed in close enough to read text messages on the phone of a spectator, according to Superintendent Grant O'Fee. TVNZ reports that speakers at a Wellington privacy forum discussed the concerns and benefits of this level of surveillance and its uses. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff noted, "If the text showed the person was plotting a riot or something, then it might well be legitimate for the police to use that under the coverage of exemption for law-enforcement activities," adding, "there are many, many great uses for the technology, and we just have to make sure we balance those."
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