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Camera-Equipped Policemen an Increasing Trend

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August 6, 2010

The Toronto Star reports on the increasing trend of police officers outfitted with body cameras. Though Toronto police don't yet employ the technology, a spokesman said the trend is clearly moving in that direction. Police forces in Calgary, Victoria and Edmonton have experimented with programs or will in the near future. The cameras are meant to provide the best possible evidence and eliminate "baseless allegations," but civil rights activists have cited privacy concerns involving data use, access and retention. "Who has access to the images and audio tape? Does the person being filmed have access to it?" asked a spokeswoman from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
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