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Downtown Crossing is the epicenter of Boston’s social, cultural and commercial history. Since its heyday, it's seen a number of highs and lows. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Downtown Crossing is the epicenter of Boston’s social, cultural and commercial history. Since its heyday, it's seen a number of highs and lows. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In April, cameras were placed all over Boston’s commercial district to record pedestrian and vehicle traffic. These recording devices come with a technology that converts images into anonymous white dots, and are intended to track movement and activity. The data is then used by retailers to modify their goods or services to increase revenues. But could this lead to an intrusion of privacy?

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Hiawatha Bray, technology writer for the business section of The Boston Globe. He tweets @globetechlab.

This segment aired on June 1, 2018.

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