Monday, 26 October 2020 13:21

Privacy, Surveillance, and Crime: City Council Proposal In the Spotlight

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Akron City Council is considering a proposal to buy home surveillance cameras for citizens in high crime neighborhoods, so that home videos can be easily shared with police.

But Akron is not alone. In fact, more than 1,300 cities nationwide have signed agreements giving police easy access to Amazon RING Video doorbell recordings.

At this point, it's unknown whether Akron will decide on Amazon RING, another brand, or even if they will approve it at all. A vote is expected in the next few weeks.

But what we do know, is that citizens sharing home surveillance video with police does raise some privacy concerns.

In fact, one national civil liberties organization, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is doing an online petition drive specifically taking aim at Amazon RING, and in Washington, the House of Representatives held hearings on it earlier this year.

To find out more, Jeanne Destro talked to Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples, and Dr. Matthew Guariglia, who is with the EFF.

Councilwoman Tara Samples:

Dr. Matthew Guariglia:

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