Surveillance issues spark conflict in suburban Colorado


How much privacy would you give up for more peace of mind? This is no small question, but it is a question that takes many forms across the world. It is also something that is no longer just a matter of surveillance in public spaces, like the methods currently used in London. The growing popularity of doorbell cameras, for example, creates a bewildering overlap between homeowners and local police departments. And that’s not the only area where surveillance technology is taking a big leap in the suburbs.

TO The Washington Post, Drew Harwell documented an ongoing conflict between owners in Golden, Colorado. The decision of an association of neighborhood owners to purchase a license plate reader to register cars entering and leaving the neighborhood in question was at issue. This has led some residents to push back the decision, noting that bears are responsible for most break-ins in the area – and raising concerns about whether residents’ auto movements were worth it.

The article quotes a statistic from the company Flock Safety, known for its camera systems and surveillance technology, which gives an idea of ​​the extent of their technology. Flock security systems can be found in 40 states and record data for one billion vehicles each month.

Not only residents of Golden who have opposed the installation of a license plate reader are concerned. Last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released a paper citing a number of reasons why these systems could cause more problems than they prevent. This includes everything from questioning the actual increase in neighborhood security levels to concern that the police may abuse the information gleaned from them.

Ultimately, the To post reports, the neighborhood ended up having cameras installed. But the issues raised before this point show no sign of abating.


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