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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Snoggers sue Subway

A kissing couple are to
sue Shanghai Metro after CCTV video footage of them was uploaded to Ku6.com and YouTube last week. Within two days, it received more than 15,000 hits (it's now at over 400,000). The man recently resigned from his job from embarrassment after receiving calls & comments from relatives and friends.

Screen grab of the Shanghai subway couple

"Now, every time I walk into a metro station, I feel very uncomfortable," he said. "We think employees of the metro station taped us illegally and made negative comments. What's worse, they uploaded the video to the Internet, which has infringed on our rights".

"This has to do with the protection of the legal rights of all passengers traveling on metro trains in Shanghai, and not simply our own interests and damage it has done to us."

It's still not proven whether this was shot by employees, and it seems unlikely that anything else other than a CCTV camera would have captured them from that angle. Personally, the mind boggles as to why over 400,000 people would want to view it, so I'm assuming the commentary made it more interesting or titillating. Any Chinese speakers are welcome to give a general gist of what was being said in the background. (The less viewed under 18 version which doesn't require a login is here although it's exactly the same video!)

Hopefully, this won't give employees from TfL any ideas for uploading "spy cam"/ "funny" / "intimate moment" commuter videos onto YouTube. The use and access of CCTV footage in the UK is regulated under data protection legislation.

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