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ACLU Asks: Thank Seattle for its Leadership in Surveillance Transparency

Source: ACLU OF WA
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Seattle enacted a new measure last week that will help bring transparency and accountability to the City’s acquisition of surveillance technology. This ordinance establishes the strongest regulations for surveillance technology in the country, ensuring that a technology’s impact on civil liberties and public trust will be considered and discussed before Seattle acquires it. Please thank the Mayor and City Council of Seattle for bringing transparency and accountability to its surveillance programs and encourage strong oversight during implementation.

 

The new law covers acquisition of all surveillance technologies, including equipment, hardware, and software. It gives agencies flexibility to use technologies in emergencies where there is a danger of death or serious bodily harm, but ensures that flexibility is not abused to acquire surveillance technologies without oversight. Thank the Mayor and City Council of Seattle for taking a leadership role in protecting privacy, transparency, and accountability.

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Coordinator, P. (2017). ACLU Asks: Thank Seattle for its Leadership in Surveillance Transparency. Retrieved from http://www.nwuujn.org/view/news/598cdd7b0cf21390392713e7

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