Aug 182019
 
 August 18, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Mike Wereschagin reports:

The district attorney for Pennsylvania’s second-most-populous county has assembled a network of advanced surveillance cameras in and around Pittsburgh and has enlisted colleagues in four surrounding counties to extend its reach into their jurisdictions.

This is somewhat terrifying that a county district attorney could put the entire population of that county or anyone driving through that county at risk of warrantless surveillance — and is seeking to expand this dystopia into other counties. To make matters worse, if that’s possible, there are inadequate privacy and data security protections in place, and the technology itself is vulnerable:

Unlike other law enforcement agencies that have deployed this technology, though, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. outsourced its monitoring to a private company, gave other police departments access to it with no written restrictions on how they can use it and purchased Chinese-made cameras that are so vulnerable to domestic and foreign hacking that the Department of Defense considers them a national security threat.

Read more on Lancaster Online. This really should set off loud and urgent alarms. But will it?

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