A CCTV Camera In the Restroom? Are You Kidding?!
An article published online on Monday has attracted huge number of different views. A father surnamed Wang, lived in Xi’an, Shanxi Province, in northwestern China, said that a CCTV camera was used to monitor the behavior of restrooms of an education institution where his son came to study every weekend.
According to the Chinese Business View, Mr. Wang said that although each stall has a partition door, he is very uncomfortable with the camera there. However, he had to use the restroom despite it being unacceptable for him.
A staff member of the institution told the media this restroom with cameras are unisex and open to all students, parents and teachers, men and women.
Firstly, according to the staff of the educational institution, the camera helps to monitor people who might be smoking there, which is forbidden. Before using the camera, the staff found a cigarette butt there but no one smoked in the restrooms after the camera installed.
Secondly, it can be used to prevent students from being bullied and to protect their safety.
In response to those who believe that the camera violates privacy, the staff said that the camera is fixed and that when the door is closed, it cannot take pictures of people behind the partition door.
After installing the camera, the organization posted a compelling notice to inform the students.
Increasing use of surveillance cameras has sparked debate about how to regulate their use and how to ensure citizen privacy.