ACLU report blasts St. Louis surveillance cameras
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri said an abundance of surveillance cameras in St. Louis are a threat to privacy and an improper intrusion by the state into individual's lives.
An ACLU study released Thursday criticizes a "web of surveillance" by both local governments and private businesses that threaten the public's "right to be left alone." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1vV08l2 ) reports that executive director Jeffrey Mittman said the cameras are creating a "surveillance society."
The report recommends tighter city oversight of surveillance. City officials did not immediately respond to its release.
The city police department has set aside space in its new headquarters for an unfunded "real-time intelligence center" that the ACLU suggested would allow for integrating surveillance cameras throughout St. Louis.