Verkada Hack Reveals Limits of Surveillance’s Impact on Behavior
By Leonid Bershidsky
March 11, 2021, 2:00 PM
Bloomberg News reports another seeming victory for sousveillance, or the attempt by private citizens to strike back against widespread surveillance: A hacker group has boasted of gaining access to live feeds from 150,000 cameras — at corporate workplaces, hospitals, police stations, prisons and schools — collected by the Silicon Valley start-up Verkada Inc. The victory is bittersweet, though. In modern society, the legal concept of a reasonable expectation of privacy is increasingly meaningless. Instead, the reasonable expectation is that of zero privacy, and that expectation may already be affecting our public behavior in insidious ways.