University of Wisconsin–Madison

Local Police Surveillance Technology

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
As the capabilities of surveillance technology develop, law enforcement's ability to surveil citizens' movement, communication, and ideas also advances. In order to protect citizens' safety, the Center for Popular Democracy and the ACLU launched the Community Control Over Police Surveillance (CCOPS) effort. CCOPS promotes the adoption of model legislation which would increase the role of local communities in approving or rejecting the use of surveillance technology. It would also require law enforcement to provide detailed information on how the surveillance technology works, how it will be deployed and for what purposes, and what its potential impacts on civil rights and liberties are.

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