Kissing on CCTV a Crime?

Analytics on Beijing municipal system cameras may mark kissing couples as kidnappings or robberies


Beijing couples who steal a kiss in public are being warned they could be caught on closed-circuit television -- and suspected of committing a crime.

China's Xinhua News Agency reports "intimate acts of lovers may be initially categorized as 'kidnapping' or 'robbery' by the computers, which are programmed to be sensitive to violations of safe distances.''

Police officers monitoring the cameras will decide if the situation really is dangerous.

Closed-circuit cameras are becoming more common in Beijing, and Xinhua said that before next year's Summer Olympics the city plans to unify the monitoring of the cameras.