Two articles today, one of which I’ll talk about and one of which I won’t.
“New Credit Cards Fall Short on Fraud Control,” Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2015 A1. Cost v. convenience, and who pays the cost for enhanced credit card security. But that’s the one I’m not talking about.
More interesting for me is “Body Cameras for All: Creepy but So Helpful,” Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2015 B1. Having a body camera to record interactions with customers or others as a legal prophylactic. For $500, a lot of protection. Used by real estate agents, security guard, repo men, plumbers, and electricians, among others, whose interactions with the public or just the way they do their jobs can be the subject of disputes or lawsuits.
The information gathered this way is useful, but is it too intrusive for the person observed? Do you have privacy rights when you yell at a waiter for getting your order wrong (when you misspoke)? Do the camera’s recordings, or just the visibility of a camera, reduce litigation risk?