Video Surveillance Creeping Into More Cities

Dec 13, 2006
Nicole A. Ozer

Page Media

ACLU of Northern CA

While studies from around the world show that video surveillance is not effective in preventing or reducing violent crime, another Northern California city is moving to install cameras. The City of Sacramento Police announced yesterday that it was starting a "pilot program" to install public video surveillance- claiming it will help make the community safer.

The City of Sacramento Police Department Press Release (click here)

Capital Public Radio Story (click here)

Read more about ineffective and intrusive public video surveillance here.

In the News:

High-Tech Companies to Push for Data-Privacy. Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other high-tech companies are preparing to push for data-privacy legislation next year to replace what they consider an outdated patchwork of state and federal laws that are inconsistent and burdensome. "We think the time has come for a comprehensive privacy bill that would protect consumers' personal information while still allowing the flow of information needed for commerce online," said Ira Rubinstein, a Microsoft lawyer. Gigalaw.

Congress OKs ban on using false ID to get phone records. In an early morning session Saturday that closed the 109th Congress, the Senate unanimously approved a bill to criminalize ``pretexting'' -- a practice made famous by Hewlett-Packard in which someone pretends to be someone else to obtain confidential phone records. The Mercury News.

The California legislature approved a pretexting bill earlier this year.

Although a broader California pretexting bill, authored by Senator Bowen, did not make it through the legislature.