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Under surveillance

Sharon Stone became very concerned by hidden cameras in the movie Sliver. Stone’s character discovered that the owner of her New York apartment block was a voyeur with little regard for personal privacy. One wonders what Stone would make of living in Shipai Village in Guangzhou. The Yangcheng Evening News reports that the village has installed 30,000 surveillance cameras. A Ms Huang says she now suffers insomnia after discovering a camera points at her bathroom. “I did not note in the past that it had been facing me everyday – even when I was taking a shower,” she observes. “I feel so uncomfortable.” Another man described his horror at looking out his window and noticing a camera after an intimate moment with his girlfriend. But local Party secretary Dong Zhijun says the cameras are in the public interest. “We invested heavily in the cameras to protect residents security and property,” he notes, adding that robberies in the area have declined from 50 cases a month to four.


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