Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Blog

Turning Surveillance on its Head

The New Jersey ACLU has released a free iPhone app that allows citizens to record their interactions with police. “Police Tape,” which runs off the iOS operating system on iPhones and iPads, disappears from the screen once it starts recording. Users can save a copy of the recorded video and even send a copy to the ACLU. Ed Barocas, Executive Director of ACLU-NJ says, “The technology empowers citizens to place a check on police power directly.”

To date, more than 35,000 people have downloaded a similar app released in July for Android devices.

No need to worry about privacy implications, or being arrested for using the app. In May 2012, the Department of Justice released a letter affirming individuals’ constitutional right to record the police in public settings.

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