New York City recently passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology, or POST, Act. The Act, passed with a veto-proof majority is set to be signed within a month’s time and will require the NYPD to disclose all the surveillance tools they’ve used on the public.
The Act also requires policies around the use of surveillance tech to be developed and will mandate that an annual report around the use of those tools to be published.
The NYPD has previously pushed back on the act, claiming that releasing information about what technology is used will compromise undercover officers’ safety and effectiveness.
Privacy experts consider this a major victory given how difficult it has been to get information around NYPD’s tech use via existing reports and public information requests.
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