Showing posts with label Rule of Law. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Video surveillance registry

Letters to the Editor: Video surveillance registry | #TpromoCom #Police #VideoSurveillance | The issue of police access to home and business video surveillance systems is one contested by many and approved by even more of local populations.

Editor's Note: To read the letter to the editor on this issue, scroll down the page a bit, it's the second  letter covered by The Sun. --Al Colombo
"Recently, the City Council approved a motion for the city manager to investigate creating a registry of residents, business owners and others who have video surveillance systems.

"After surveillance camera owners raise their hands to be included in a registry, they could be compelled by the courts through subpoenas to turn over their video data. Doing so will not be voluntary.


More and more we're seeing police departments across the nation requesting access to home and business video surveillance systems that have an Internet connections. The manufacturer of the ever growingly popular doorbell camera, Ring, has, in fact, given local police access to their IP addresses so dispatch can quickly look in on events as they unfold. 

There was a day when I was animatedly against access to public cameras by law enforcement. Some of our readers will remember when I mentioned a case in Boston where a young nurse, the mother of two young children, was murdered and the police had absolutely no clues... until another day when an investigator revisited the crime scene. 

Looking up, he suddenly realized there was a camera looking down on the spot where the mother  had been murdered. He was able to obtain the video pertinent to the crime, which ultimately led to the conviction of the rightful party.  

After being told about this situation by the CEO of a video camera manufacturer in the late 90's, early 2000's, I've changed my mind--police should have access to video, when it's associated with a criminal event. However, I still maintain my position on personal and societal privacy in that no one outside your home or business should have real-time access to your video surveillance system. 

There's been talk out and about regarding making such a connection mandatory by municipalities, especially where it involves high-rise and large facilities. What's your opinion on all of this? 

For Action:
Should law enforcement have ready, real-time access to home or business video surveillance systems?  

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