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EPIC Warns Boston City Council of Risks of Body Cameras

EPIC submitted a statement for the record today for the Boston City Council hearing on mandating body cameras for the Boston Police. EPIC opposes the use of "police cams" and warned the city council that body cameras could "become the next surveillance technology disproportionately aimed at the most marginalized members of society." EPIC also pointed to the potential liability for cities if harmful images are posted online. EPIC explained that there are "more productive means to achieve police accountability that do not carry the risk of increasing surveillance." EPIC stressed that if body cameras are deployed, police departments must comply with all privacy and open government laws.

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