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Detroit suburb to debut security cameras; and is facial recognition an OK way to target shoppers?

Police in a Detroit suburb are hoping some security cameras will help crack down on bar fights. But, it will cost taxpayers about $11,000.

Mount Clemens police plan to put up a pair of cameras in the parking lot outside the Emerald Theatre.

Officers can use the cameras to zoom in on people going into or leaving the bar and hopefully identify the people in the images. They hope it will cut down on problems in the area.

Opponents call the effort an invasion of privacy and they say police on the streets are more effective for fighting crime.

So, what do you think? Are the police becoming more like Big Brother? Or, could security cameras cut down on fights or other crimes? And in these tough economic times, should the taxpayers have to foot the bill for the extra security?

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Speaking of cameras, is Big Brother invading shopping malls? High tech screens are now taking pictures of people looking at advertisements.

The screens at a mall in Missouri flash colors and sales at customers. And now, the ads are also looking back at the shoppers -- through a lens.

Cameras inside the screens are equipped with facial recognition software to analyze who's looking at what screen. And then the ads change depending on who's looking at them.

The companies behind the ads and the technology say the pictures aren't stored, and the information is anonymous.

But, what do you think? Is facial recognition software for advertisements going too far?

Or, is it a good way for companies to tailor their commercials and sales to the groups they want to bring into stores?

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