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ACLU Calls for Moratorium on City Cameras

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

February 9, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling for a moratorium on installations of surveillance cameras in Chicago and new policies to prevent their misuse, AFP reports. The city has more than 10,000 surveillance cameras, capable of tracking people or vehicles, searching for images of interest and reading license plates, the report states. "Our city needs to change course before we awake to find that we cannot walk into a bookstore or a doctor's office free from the government's watchful eye," an ACLU spokesman said. A spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department said it is committed to "safeguarding the civil liberties of city residents" and "upholding the constitutional rights of all."
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