Does public surveillance creep you out, or make you feel safer? Seattle wants your opinion on what it’s been doing

Does public surveillance creep you out, or make you feel safer? Seattle wants your opinion on what it’s been doing

Agueda Pacheco-Flores | Seattle Times | Source URL

The Seattle Police Department will host a public meeting at the Columbia City Branch Library at 5 p. m. Monday to discuss and hear public comment on the use of surveillance technologies.

Does public surveillance creep you out? Or does it make you feel more safe?

The Seattle Police Department will host a public meeting on Monday to discuss the use of some of the five types of surveillance equipment used around the city. The meeting is the first of five scheduled to be held over the next two weeks in coordination with firefighting and transportation officials, who also use the technology.

The meetings follow the Seattle’s first release of Surveillance Impact Reports, as required by law. The city published six reports reviewing technology surrounding license-plate readers, parking enforcement technology, traffic cameras, emergency-scene and HazMat cameras earlier this month. Seattle’s Surveillance Ordinance was implemented in 2017 to increase transparency amid increasing use of technology that raises concerns about potential violations of civil liberties.

The police department meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Columbia City Branch Library. Seattle residents can also mail comments to Attn: Surveillance & Privacy Program, Seattle IT, PO Box 94709, Seattle, WA 98124.

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