Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ACLU: You're being watched

(From the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri)

In the spirit of Halloween, here’s a scary thought — our government is snooping on innocent people without their knowledge or permission. But, with the proper guidelines, we can take advantage of advanced technology and still maintain our civil liberties.

Read our new report, Caught in the Web of Mass Surveillance, and then sign the pledge to support limits on the information collected about you.

The product of a two-year investigation, Caught in the Web of Mass Surveillance reveals that a number of St. Louis entities maintain a hodgepodge of surveillance cameras that are governed by a variety of internal policies or, in many cases, no policies at all. And, what’s even more frightening is that St. Louis is looking to expand its surveillance capacity with a Real-Time Intelligence Center.

Caught in the Web of Mass Surveillance provides the necessary context for St. Louis city residents and government officials, in particular, to engage in a meaningful debate on how to responsibly enjoy the benefits of technological advancements while protecting our civil liberties.

Although the study was done in St. Louis, the principles can be applied to other cities throughout Missouri. We’ve shared the report with key Senators and Representatives who are interested in protecting privacy. We've also created a list of recommendations.

If you agree there should be limits on the information that government and corporations can collect on us, please sign our ACLU Action Pledge.

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