Free Democratic Movement On CCTV

April 30, 2024 | 4 Comments

The Free Democratic Movement issued a statement about the CCTV coverage.

A spokesperson said, “On the 17th of April we received a message from the Loyal Hill family regarding the installation of CCTV cameras. The residents reported feeling uneasy, anxious, and distressed over the cameras. Omar Dill, the area representative immediately began dialogue with the residents. In his conversations he discovered multiple areas which should be addressed.

“After gathering the facts, Mr. Dill met with the Minister of National Security in an attempt to collaborate to create a solution. Mr. Dill then followed up with a letter outlining the concerns of the community he represents. In his letter Mr. Dill said that “While the intent to enhance security is undoubtedly appreciated by many across Bermuda, it has sparked a sense of anxiety and distress among the Loyal Hill residents. I have been informed that the visibility of these cameras has notably discouraged the community’s children from playing outdoors.”

“Our position specific to Loyal Hill is the following:

  • “The location of the camera is different from the proposed location of the camera. This represents an area of mistrust among the residents and must be addressed immediately.
  • “The reports of children feeling anxious regarding playing outside and the privacy concerns of women in the constituency is disturbing and must be addressed immediately.
  • “Reports of the residents’ concerns about the intrusive nature of the camera must be addressed immediately.

“The response to our position was deemed insufficient and the residents of Loyal Hill have not been adequately represented. We further understand that the proposed CCTV network has raised concerns about privacy among Bermudians as a whole.

“We decided to partner with @teh_islander to develop the webapp that we are launching today. The website is available at This website includes an interactive interface, which is intended to bring awareness to the vastness of the proposed CCTV cameras. We encourage the community to assist with the accuracy of the camera placements by sending pictures to

“Many of these cameras are equipped with state of the art facial recognition software and can capture images using 30x zoom. We understand that the use of these cameras can represent an unlawful search and infringe on a person’s freedom of association.

“The FDM’s position on privacy rights is the following:

  • “There is a thin line between privacy and security.
  • “There should be protections in place to guarantee the security of the data this network collects.
  • “A government should always collaborate with the people.

“The FDM further pledges to never remove this website. We pledge to always consider the people and as a government collaboration with the people will always be sought.”

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  1. watching says:

    I really don’t believe children don’t want to play outside due to CCTV cameras.

    The other comments I can get with to an extent, but that one seems a bit extra.

  2. Hilarious! says:

    Kudos to Mr. Dill for your efforts!!!
    People – we have no expectation of privacy in public. The BPS can even go around filming vehicle license plates and building a database of vehicle movements. In the USA, a court recently ruled it was legal for the police to point CCTV at a suspect’s home without a warrant for several weeks.

    Does anyone object when Banks and ATMs record you? CCTV is recording in Government buildings. Stores are recording your movements. Residents and tens of thousands of tourists use GoPros, dashcams, digital cameras & video cameras, and smartphones to record what they see.

    Pretty much everyone in Bermuda over the age of ten has a smartphone with a built-in camera that can video record. Now, if you want to video (or just photograph) our Ministers and the Big Guy out in public and post on YouTube or Facebook, you have every legal right to do so. Perhaps starting a group on Facebook would be more expedient. (Hint) You also have the right to film any member of BPS who is out in public including the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner Assistant Commissioners, Superintendents, etc.

    FYI: The zoom-in feature on your smartphone app is a useful tool.

    Under the guise of National Security and public safety, we have no idea what is being done with the CCTV recordings, how long recordings are saved, who has access to the recordings & metadata, what policies & procedures are in place to prevent misuse, what databases the recordings are being run against, etc. No doubt that information is classified as Super Uber Ultra Top Secret and a PATI request is useless.

    Disclaimer: My comments are by no means intended to promote or even suggest harassing, stalking anyone, or breaking the law. Be respectful at all times and always stay within the boundaries of the law.

  3. Lion Paw says:

    Infringement on personal privacy laws

  4. PA says:

    Our Peeping Toms are at it again. !

    Give them a respectable sign to look at .

    Where there is a camera there is alway song dance and music.

    They are messing with the voters again .

    Who is paying for this one ? THE VOTER .

    This island is very close to our to breaking point enough is enough get off our backs .

    Why is it that the inosent always suffer for the guilty.

    Sticking a camera which look into our private life is an insult an invasive.

    You know who are causing social behavior problems deal with them.

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