Cambridge, MA Joins Growing Ranks of Cities Requiring Civilian Control of Police Surveillance Tech

Cambridge, MA Joins Growing Ranks of Cities Requiring Civilian Control of Police Surveillance Tech By Shahid Buttar Last week, the City of Cambridge, MA became at least the tenth local jurisdiction in the U.S. to adopt a crucial measure enabling civilian control of police surveillance technology at the local level. The measure requires local police to obtain civilian permission before purchasing surveillance equipment, to document the security rationale and privacy impacts of any such purchase, and also to comply with an annual audit to reveal potential misuse or overuse. The…

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