From 6 to 8 pm tonight, Thursday, September 26, the City of Cambridge is hosting a community meeting to discuss a draft surveillance-camera policy proposed by the Cambridge Police Department. The draft policy poses significant risks to privacy. It would:
- Use “preventing terrorism” as a justification, when there’s no evidence that cameras like this deter terrorism, or even that they deter crime at all.
- Allow other cities’ police to monitor public activity on Cambridge streets
- Provide few protections for how the data will be stored or used
Please attend this meeting today at 6 pm at 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
We’d love it if you could prepare your own testimony, or simply express your concerns about government surveillance on public streets in your neighborhoods. You can also submit comments online to Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi and the Cambridge City Council. Digital Fourth and the ACLU of Massachusetts are both turning people out for it.
Here’s Digital Fourth’s prior coverage of the issue: http://warrantless.org/