D.C. Government launches city-wide surveillance system, challenges privacy laws and financial strains

WASHINGTON - The D.C. government hopes to increase efficiency and…

WASHINGTON – The D.C. government hopes to increase efficiency and improve public safety and emergency response by launching a system that would tie together thousands of city-owned video cameras, but authorities don’t yet have the money to complete the high-tech network, nor have they established privacy rules to guide it.

The system, which features round-the-clock monitoring of the closed-circuit video systems run by nine city agencies, will include an initial installment of 4,500 cameras on schools, public housing, traffic and government buildings.  All of the cameras feed into a central office within the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

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