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Cybercrime and the JamaicaEye

Cybercrime and the JamaicaEye

Mr. Anthony Drummonds & Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley
Western Jamaica Campus
Law, Governance and Society


Cybercrime technology has been utilized in many states over past years but is now gaining momentum all over the county in law enforcement. In Seattle, the police obtaineda surveillance drone and later funding for surveillance camera systems. The surveillance system purposed was to provide surveillance in the event of a theft and protect the citizen of Seattle. The citizen of Seattle began to see steel boxes on poles in the downtown area and cameras placed on streets to monitor traffic. Another surveillance system used is the Automated Licence Plate Reader which is used for parking enforcement and to track missing/stolen vehicles and can only be accessed by law enforcement personnel from the Seattle Police Department.

In Oakland, following a council review that lasted literally two minutes, the city created a data integration centre that networked together all existing surveillance infrastructure. In San Diego, elected representatives were only dimly aware that the law enforcement agency they supervised had built and deployed innovative facial recognition technology. Government leaders must ensure that policies are in place to ensure citizens understand why camera surveillance in law enforcement are critical to protecting citizens, and why cybercrime is important to the community it serves.


In the beautiful state of Jamaica, discussions are underway to implement a national closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance programme called JamaicaEye, for fighting crime and improving public safety and disaster response. The public-private partnership is designed to network CCTV cameras, owned by the Ministry of National Security and feeds from privately owned CCTV cameras. The feeds will provide useful footage in relation to criminal activity and other emergencies and will be monitored by a team of security professionals. The CCTV system is currently installed in across Jamaica in Kingston, Montego Bay, OchoRios, Mandeville, May Pen and Negril and will include 5 control centres where public spaces will be monitored 24/7.


Personal Private Information (PII) are of vast concern, the integrity of individuals assigned to Jamaica Eye,and are fearful that information captured on video feeds will not remain private. How will the data be utilized? Where will the data be stored? Who will have access to the data? Will background checks of potential employee be needed? These are all questions that must be answered before citizens of Jamaica will be comfortable in the JamaicaEye.


While cybercrime technology can assist law enforcement personnel to tackle the manychallenging problems in society, privacy of citizen data must be taken into consideration before trust can be established between the systems and the citizens.This presents a trade-off between security and privacy.


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