NYC lawmakers pass bill requiring police to disclose surveillance technology

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Well ok but not really priority numero uno right now isn’t it?


Maybe they could call this a “warrant”, you know the thing in the Bill of Rights Amendment 4? Maybe run it by a judge so there is at least a paper/data trail? Speaking of paper trail that is digital, maybe a Right to Data amendment that identifies “data” as part of your “persons, houses, papers, and effects” already granted in the 4th Amendment? For some reason digital data is somehow able to be accessed, without warrant, by any member of the police or anyone in gov’t. >The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Coppers need to be a little more white hat and a lot less black hat.


This is nothing but misdirection – the “police” aren’t the ones with access to all the surveillance technology – it’s the NSA and GCHQ among others! Same trick Microsoft and Amazon played a few days ago. Past couple of weeks we’ve all seen a shift of public perception against the police resulting in calls to de-fund them; Microsoft and Amazon released PR stating that they would forbid sales of Facial Recognition tech to ‘law enforcement’ but the reality is the police were never their primary customer – the spy agencies are! Imagine for a second that this headline was “NYC lawmakers pass bill requiring NSA/FBI/CIA to disclose surveillance technology” – like hell that would really happen! – they’ll just refuse saying that it’s protected by national security.


I’m sure it will be scrupulously obeyed, the way police do with other laws.