Vancouver’s closed-circuit TV public-surveillance system guidelines contradict privacy pledge

May 3, 2012
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Vancouver’s closed-circuit TV public-surveillance system guidelines contradict privacy pledge

City told B.C. government closed-circuit television images wouldn’t be stored, but the policy shows this isn’t the case.

The City of Vancouver got a $400,000 provincial government grant to expand its closed-circuit television (CCTV) public-surveillance system—then ignored the commitments it made to protect citizens’ privacy. At least, that’s what’s suggested by two seemingly contradictory documents recently obtained by the Georgia Straight through freedom-of-information requests: the city’s CCTV privacy-impact assessment and its CCTV policy guidelines.  Read more in Georgia Straight.

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