BART is considering a policy that would balance security interests and privacy rights. The BART Surveillance & Community Safety Act would require its Board of Directors to grant specific approval for each new surveillance device after listening to public comment and conduct yearly reviews of their use. Misuse, or ineffectiveness, would require the board to alter or stop the use of the technology. San Francisco’s Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil rights organization that focuses on the digital world, is working with BART to develop the proposed policy. “Public safety requires trust between government and the communities served,” Adam Schwartz, the foundation’s senior staff attorney, said in a letter to BART directors.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle