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Commissioner Warns About Body Cameras

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January 13, 2012

Ontario's privacy commissioner is raising concerns about the use of police body cameras, Metro reports. The Ottawa Police Association recently called for equipping police with the cameras, which often help with police behaviour or impaired driving charges. But Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said the cameras could mean "broad surveillance of the state on its citizens without just cause," adding she "wants to ensure that if this goes forward, that there is a very sharp justification of the scenarios in which it is contemplated." If the cameras are used, it should be under limited circumstances like protests or major public events, she said.
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