The impact of surveillance cameras on our civil rights

February 8, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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The ACLU wants Chicago to stop expanding its network of thousands of cameras.

Chicago's next mayor will have to tackle a myriad of issues including public safety and security. In recent years the city has increasingly turned to one security tool - surveillance cameras. Proponents like the mayor and Office of Emergency Management and Communications tout their effectiveness and would like to see more on Chicago’s streets. But the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois thinks they are an unregulated intrusion on our privacy.

Tuesday the ACLU will ask City Council to adopt a moratorium on installing new surveillance cameras in Chicago. That call comes on the heels of the first large-scale, independent study of Chicago’s cameras commissioned by the ACLU. Adam Schwartz is an attorney for the ACLU and he joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss the findings of the report.

Eight Forty-Eight invited Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications to discuss the findings of the ACLU study but did not receive a response.

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