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Walk through the center of town in Camden, Maine and you might not know you're being watched. However, an Internet web page is broadcasting a live picture of the town square all day, every day, reports CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes.
The webcast is made possible by a new kind of camera linked to the Internet. The images aren't television quality, but they are broadcast constantly and can be seen worldwide.

Not all of Camden's residents are happy about the broadcast.
"Rather than being in a quaint secluded little town here along the coast of Maine, all of a sudden we're walking through the world," says Chris Cokinis. "I feel like I'm being put on a stage that I didn't ask to be put on."

In fact, webcams are popping up everywhere.

Already there are thousands of web sites featuring live pictures. The technology is so cheap and easy to use that just about anyone can broadcast.

Webcams provide a view of everything from people eating lunch at a cafe in Hawaii, to New Yorkers in Times Square, to a guy who just wants you to watch him work.

But others are finding more practical uses for the cameras. The webcam at Cathy's kids daycare center in Tustin, California lets working parents like Marcia Zigrang monitor their children on-line.

"When I first hooked in to the Internet and I saw her I actually got tears just being able to see my daughter during the day when I am at work," says Zigrang.

Even though parents need a special password to log on, privacy experts worry that no system is completely safe from hackers who may want to see the kids.

Even more troubling is the idea of a "camera on every corner". In Santa Monica, a webcam shows the pier and all those who unwittingly walk by

Despite privacy concerns, webcams are not going away. In fact, the technology is getting better and cheaper -- raising the possibility that someday soon we may be living our lives on constant display.

Reported by Sandra Hughes
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