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Surveillance at School: Privacy vs. Security?


November 23, 2010

The Dallas Morning News reports on the increasing use of security cameras at local schools and the consequential conflict between privacy and security priorities. "There's no expectation of privacy in a public school," said a spokesman for the Richardson, TX, police. "The inside of their backpack is personal, but the inside of the school itself--no." School policies on who has access to surveillance footage varies. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) supports a request process for law enforcement access. One school requires police to request access to view footage alongside a school administrator, the report states. "It should be a targeted search. It shouldn't be just digging through," said an ACLU spokesman.
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