Eyes Over Venice
Dave Maass, a spokesman for privacy and technology access advocates the Electronic Freedom Foundation, said those concerned about civil liberties have plenty of other misgivings about what happens when the cameras are rolling.
“Cameras in any place where there’s First Amendment activity raises concerns that there could be a chilling effect if police are using footage to create profiles,” Maass said. “There are cops who do good things, but there is also a real possibility there might be potential to abuse these things. When you have a camera system like this, the police need to put stringent policies in place regarding circumstances of access, how long recordings are stored, how they can be shared and whether audits are done to make sure they are being accessed properly.”