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D.C. officials are giving police access to more than 5,000 closed-circuit TV cameras citywide that monitor traffic, schools and public housing — a move that will give the District one of the largest surveillance networks in the country.
"The primary benefit of what we're doing is for public health and safety," said Darrell Darnell, director of the city's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, who announced the initiative along with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty yesterday.
But the announcement left some civil liberties advocates and a key D.C. Council member concerned.
"We've been sort of sounding the alarm on this stuff for a long time, saying these little pieces — they grow," said Art Spitzer, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area. "You put a camera here, it's not so bad, you put a camera there, it's not so bad. But then it turns out all the sudden, we find out there are 5,200 cameras. That's a big number."
The Video Interoperability for Public Safety (VIPS) program will consolidate the more than 5,200 cameras operated by D.C. agencies — including D.C. Public Schools and the D.C. Housing Authority — into one network managed by the city's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
D.C. officials yesterday said they plan to link more than 5,000 cameras to form a surveillance network to help combat crime and terrorism. The following city agencies have cameras:
D.C. Housing Authority: 720
D.C. Public Schools: 3,452
Department of Parks and Recreation: 181
Department of Transportation: 131
Metropolitan Police Department: 92
Department of Corrections: 218
Office of Property Management/Protective Services Division: 468
D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency: 4
Originally posted by theendisnear69
Well every camera I go buy I'm going to let them know just how i feel
We have those red light cameras here in Albuqerque and i got caught speeding, and when I got the picture in the mail, It showed my license plate and right next to it was a big bumper sticker that said 9/11 was an inside job.
So if the gov is going to watch me they are going to be getting a finger in their face every time they take a pic. Not that it will change anything. Maybe it would if everybody did it. Who knows.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Having done that they can run a search for your 'facial image' popping up anywhere and everywhere any digital image has been captured. Soon someone will be able to type into a database and find out just where you have ever been 'imaged' within the range of their record-keeping.
Originally posted by The_Future_LT
(Slightly off topic)
I heard that Walmart is setting up a face recognition program in the near future to keep repeat shoplifters out. I was talking to the head of loss prevention at our walmart, he said he thought it was overkill, but that it would pay for itself.
(Sorry for going slightly off topic there)