Privately Owned Public Camera Network

CP
Carlton Purvis
Published Aug 29, 2013 04:00 AM

Grant funding is drying up, but the need for technology is not. Cities are getting creative when it comes to finding new ways to fund surveillance systems. Some are looking at adopt-a-camera programs or leasing systems. But more often, they are combing public funds with money from grants or local associations to buy a system owned by the city.

In the case of one California city, however, the local business associations funded the entire system, making it a privately owned, public surveillance system. This raises very serious questions about fair contracting and the use of the system. In this note, we dig into the details and issues.

Background

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Comments (1)
UE
Undisclosed End User #1
Aug 30, 2013

What is the purpose of the Snoop dog picture assocaited with this article?

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Hal Bennick
Sep 03, 2013
Trafficware, a CUBIC Company

A "free" "donated" system using KBC wireless? Where's my popcorn?