We Just Had Our Own Debate Night, And Privacy Won.

Usually it feels like privacy advocates and police just talk past each other, but yesterday we actually found some common ground.
I was honored to take part in a debate on local police surveillance, denouncing how Amazon partners with police to promote the Ring home surveillance system. On the other side: West Orange Police Chief James Abbott, whose department recently partnered with ring.
It could have been the usual screaming match, but instead we secured key privacy concessions, with the chief agreeing that he will stop the partnership if Amazon uses Ring data to assist ICE or adds facial recognition to Ring’s home surveillance tools.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not enough, and we’ll continue to fight to end public-private surveillance partnerships completely, but it’s still a victory for privacy. Watch the debate here.

This is the model that S.T.O.P. will continue to build in the coming months, as we expand our campaigns against public-private surveillance partnerships. We will work, department by department, town by town, to push back against the trend of transforming our own homes into the eyes and ears of the surveillance state.
With thanks,
Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.
Executive Director
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