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Cameras Incite Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

February 1, 2013

Residents and advocates are voicing concerns about new surveillance cameras recently installed along Seattle’s waterfront, The Seattle Times reports. The 30 cameras are slated to be operational by March 31, but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says laws should be drafted for law-enforcement use of data obtained from the cameras. A representative from the Seattle Police Department said there will be “strict controls” on data access, use and storage. But Doug Honig of the ACLU says the cameras are “another step toward a surveillance society where the government is increasingly using technology to monitor people’s actions and movements without having a warrant or specific reason to do so.”
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