New York City is Officially Installing Cameras in Subways to Capture Daily Madness

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Pretty soon, fellow passengers and their iPhones won’t be the only ones able to record what’s going on inside New York City subway cars.

The law will be able to, too.

New York Gov. Kathy Honuchal revealed as much during an announcement on the state’s website. She stated that every subway car will have its own surveillance camera by 2025.

The move, of course, is to make those who take the subway to feel more safe and secure.

“My number one priority as governor is keeping New Yorkers safe,” Hochul said. “I am proud that we will be installing cameras on all Subway cars – expanding our security capabilities, deterring crime, and providing our law enforcement with support. As we continue welcoming riders back to the transit system, we will continue doing everything in our power to keep riders safe.”

Of course, this isn’t necessarily a huge hit with everyone. Some are blasting the plan as a clear invasion of privacy.

New York City to Install Cameras in Subways

“It’s awful. This just seems like a terrible surveillance PR stunt just to boost ridership,” said Albert Fox Cahn, the founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP),. A nonprofit aimed at reigning in digital surveillance in New York. 

“We have no idea how they would be sharing the data with federal and out-of-state partners.”

Hochul poo-pooed that notion.

“You think Big Brother’s watching you on the subways? You’re absolutely right. That is our intent, to get the message out that we are going to be having surveillance of activities on the subway trains and that is going to give people great peace of mind,” she said.

“And if you’re concerned about this, the best answer is don’t commit any crimes on the subways. Then you won’t have any problems.”

Hochul stressed that anyone innocent won’t need to worry about the surveillance cameras. Those who aren’t so innocent, however, will need to beware.

“This is all about safety, the safety of our riders and letting would-be criminals know that should you harm any other passenger in any way, you will be observed, you’ll be caught, and you’ll be prosecuted,” Hochul said.

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  1. So! The police will have evidence to help them solve the crime committed on you. But this won’t prevent the crime from being committed on you!! “We’re with the government. We’re here to help! “

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