September 19, 2019
What began as a way to increase public safety has turned into a civil rights concern.
Some residents of San Diego, California are demanding the removal of some 4,000 ‘Smart Streetlights’ which they claim are an invasion of privacy.
The devices use sensor nodes to gather a range of information, such as weather and parking counts, but also uses facial recognition technology to count pedestrians.
The San Diego City Council approved the installation of the Smart StreetLights in December 2016 – and now approximately 4,200 are in place.
According to the council’s website, the smart devices ‘will help optimize traffic and parking, plus enhance public safety, environmental awareness and overall livability for San Diego residents’.
However, some residents are not sold on the benefits of the Smart StreetLights.
‘For every 1,000th person in San Diego, there are almost two and a half cameras watching,’ Geneviéve Jones-Wright said in an interview with Fox 5.
‘What is very concerning and troubling is that these cameras were installed and are being used all over this city without any oversight.’
This article was posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 3:50 am