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 August 21, 2010  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Laws, Surveillance

Becky Schlikerman and Kristen Mack report:

t’s not unusual or illegal for police officers to flip on a camera as they get out of their squad car to talk to a driver they’ve pulled over.

But in Illinois, a civilian trying to make an audio recording of police in action is breaking the law.

“It’s an unfair and destructive double standard,” said Adam Schwartz, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

On Wednesday, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago challenging the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which makes it criminal to record not only private but also public conversations made without consent of all parties.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Carlos Miller also covers the case and related cases on Photography is Not a Crime.

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