How you are being watched?

World-wide look at the technology of public surveillance

With the FBI saying it does indeed use drones to watch over certain situations inside the US and the recent hullabaloo over the NSA’s citizen surveillance practices, it is apparent we are being watched all the time in one form or another.  Here we take a look at other world-wide evidence that indeed, somebody is definitely watching you. 


Attendees are seen on a black and white FLIR high definition camera monitor displayed at the 7th annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix this year.  Products and services from over 100 companies were on display, showing the latest technology in security products and drawing law enforcement officials from around the country. 

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A security camera affixed to a light pole looks into the studio of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwe. The artist, whose 81-day detention last year sparked an international outcry, said he was interrogated for five hours at one point for throwing stones and showing a rude gesture to surveillance cameras outside his home. Police told Ai that he had to be questioned because he was suspected of "damaging public property", Ai said in a telephone interview with Reuters. Ai said the stones did not hit the 10 surveillance cameras outside his house and he didn't think he would face charges.

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Women walk past a sign on a Project Champion camera post in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, central England. Project Champion was a ring of more than 100 closed-circuit TV and automatic number-plate recognition cameras erected around the district and neighboring Sparkhill in the first half of 2010 for counter-terrorism surveillance.

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A man stands on an escalator at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai.

REUTERS/Toby Melville

Street graffiti by graffiti artist Banksy is seen on a wall, next to a CCTV camera, in central London.

REUTERS/David Moir

A surveillance monitoring expert watches a bank of screens showing images from Edinburgh City Council's network of CCTV cameras in Edinburgh, Scotland. Britain has become a surveillance society where individuals are filmed hundreds of times a day by security cameras and where firms "data mine" to build customer profiles.

REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Security guards use binoculars to keep watch during the Algeria Cup final soccer match between CR Belcourt and Entente Setif in Algiers.

REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

Screens showing live broadcast from polling stations via a network of webcams installed all over the country are seen during a presentation ceremony at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in Moscow.

REUTERS/David Gray

Security cameras are attached to a pole in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

A camera is seen in front of the congress center of the Swiss mountain resort of Davos. 

REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Security cameras are seen on a corner across the street from France's Interior Ministry in Paris.

REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

A monitoring camera observes Frankfurt Airport.

REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A surveillance camera is seen near a barbed-wire fence inside the Chinon Nuclear Power Plant in Chinon, center France.

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A camera which is used to monitor public areas is seen in Nice, France.

REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

A general view of the large former monitoring base of the U.S. intelligence organization National Security Agency (NSA) in Bad Aibling south of Munich. German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended government monitoring of Internet communications recently, saying a day before President Barack Obama visits Berlin that Washington's cyber-snooping had helped prevent attacks on German soil. Obama has come under fire for the scope of surveillance by the NSA revealed by former government contractor Edward Snowden.

REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

The application icons of Facebook, Twitter and Google are displayed on an iPhone next to an earphone set in this illustration photo taken in Berlin, June 17, 2013. European firms believe revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM program secretly gathered user data from nine big U.S. Internet companies, including Microsoft and Google, will hand them a competitive advantage as they play catch-up with the dominant American players in cloud computing.

REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

RAF Menwith Hill base, which provides communications and intelligence support services to the United Kingdom and the U.S., is pictured near Harrogate, northern England this month. Britain has dismissed as "baseless" accusations that security agencies such as GCHQ had been circumventing British law by using information gathered on British citizens by PRISM, a secret U.S. eavesdropping program run by the NSA.

REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A member of the Free Syrian Army walks past camera surveillance screens in the Bab al-Nasr neighborhood of Aleppo.

REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

19 A voter stands outside the Iranian consulate in central London June 14, 2013. The building was the focus for demonstrators, as it was used as a venue for British based Iranians to cast their vote in their country's election to choose a new president.

REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The Triton unmanned aircraft system is shown completing its first flight from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California. The 80-minute flight successfully demonstrated control systems that allow Triton to operate autonomously. Triton is designed to fly surveillance missions up to 24-hours at altitudes of more than 10 miles, allowing coverage out to 2,000 nautical miles.


A combination of surveillance photos released by the FBI show three men who the agency is seeking information regarding the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.


A North Korean military closed-circuit television camera films the South at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the North from South Korea in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul.

REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

French municipal policemen look at surveillance screens at the Urban Supervision Centre (CSU) in Marseille. The city of Marseille decided to install 1800 cameras in a program of video surveillance equipment by 2014.

REUTERS/Erik De Castro

U.S. Marine of 7th Marines Regiment checks T-Hawk, a surveillance drone camera at the Landing Zone of Combat Outpost Musa Qal-Ah in Helmand province, southwestern Afghanistan.

REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

A pole of security cameras is seen outside the Olympic Athletes Village at the Olympic Park in Stratford, during the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Fears that a packed London would buckle under the pressure of its biggest peacetime security and transport operation proved untrue.

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New York Police Department camera feeds are displayed on a screen inside of the Executive Command Center at NYPD headquarters. The NYPD has worked since 9/11 on a long-term project to permanently increase vigilance in Lower Manhattan and Midtown, home to prominent financial institutions and national landmarks.

REUTERS/Larry Downing

FBI Director Robert Mueller gestures at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing about the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his testimony he said the FBI occaisionally has used drones to monitor activity in the US.

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