I'm against surveillance naturally. Particularly when it gets to the point where it has become an important source of revenue for the traffic authorities and they design all kinds of "trap" positions for the cameras.
I'd say it's a necessary evil perhaps. But not to my liking.
Actually it would depend on where the camera was and why it was there. Though I don't like being watched, cameras in high traffic areas bother me about as much as security cameras in walmart. I just don't give a damn. I'm probably not doing anything private in these areas anyway.
But a couple of years ago the police wanted to put cameras on light posts in what they considered bad neighborhoods in response to the crime and drug explosion that has recently taken hold. That is where I start having a problem. If the police/government wants to crack down on crime, they should spend that money doing their damn jobs instead of sipping coffee watching a camera waiting for someone to be dumb enough to do something in plain sight of said camera.
So long as our privacy in our own homes remains intact I feel law enforcement cameras are an excellent idea and would hope they end up blanketing all communities here in the UK, many are against them but in my own opinion if you are not intending breaking any laws then what's the problem!
I think it only counts as 'spying' if you don't know it's there. If you're in a public place where anybody can see what you're doing, even take your picture, then I don't see the difference between having a police officer standing on the street corner observing you versus a police officer looking at you through a camera mounted on the street corner. If you know the cameras are there and you get in trouble for doing something you're not supposed to be doing, then you deserve what you get for being stupid enough to do stupid things in the public eye.