School’s New Spy System Places Children Under Complete Surveillance

One such detector recorded a street argument in New Bedford, Mass. which was later connected to a criminal trial and the local district attorney, Sam Sutter, thought the warrantless recording would be admissible in court.“In my view legally,” Sutter said to the New York Times, “what is said and picked up by the ShotSpotter recording does not have the expectation of privacy because it’s said out in public, and so I think that will turn out to be admissible evidence.”When it comes to their stated task of detecting gunshots, however, these surveillance systems have trouble identifying them from other loud noises, according to the ACLU.So far, these “gunshot detectors” have been predominately used outdoors, namely on top of street lights and buildings.Yet SST is now pushing to have its detectors installed inside airports, malls and additional schools across America in what will likely result in the next explosive phase of domestic surveillance.“Expanding the use of ShotSpotter technology to include school campuses could carry the cost of jeopardizing … our privacy rights,” Jory Steele, managing attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, told the San Jose Mercury News.Washington, D.C. in particular is already blanketed with at least 300 “gunshot detectors” across 20 square miles of the city, which can easily triangulate and analyze audio.Other sophisticated spy technologies are also being used across America.Surveillance equipment seen all too commonly in America.

via School’s New Spy System Places Children Under Complete Surveillance.


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