Atlas of Surveillance map shows what surveillance technology the United States local police departments are using to spy on you
1984 redux! If you are based in the United States and want to know what spying tools or surveillance technology your local police department uses to spy on local citizens you have to look no further. The privacy-advocacy group, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new map website that reveals exactly which US local police department users what spying tool or surveillance technology to police you.
EFF has launched a full-fledged map of surveillance tools used by local authorities called “Atlas of Surveillance.” EFF has developed the map in collaboration with the University of Nevada’s Reynolds School of Journalism. EFF calls the “Atlas of Surveillance” as the “largest-ever collection of searchable data on police use of surveillance technologies.”
Atlas of Surveillance documents the alarming increase in the use of unchecked high-tech tools that collect biometric records, photos, and videos of people in their communities, locate and track them via their cell phones, and purport to predict where crimes will be committed.
When you click on your city or town, the Atlas of Surveillance presents a detailed analysis of the surveillance used by that local police department/law enforcement agency uses. For example, clicking on Henderson, a city in Clark County, Nevada near Las Vegas reveals that the local PD, Henderson Police Department uses a surveillance tool called CAPTURE or Community Awareness Program through Utilizing Residential Electronic Eyes. The tool is used for profiling and is a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras.
EFF says that the Atlas of Surveillance will help the U.S. citizens know the exact technology which is supposed to be surveilling the city for crimes. The Atlas of Surveillance at present has data from nearly 3,000 police departments spread across the length and breadth of the United States. U.S. citizens need to just zoom in and click on the city they dwell in to learn about the spying tools/surveillance technology employed by the local law enforcement.
The Atlas of Surveillance App highlights tools like body-cam, drones, automated license plate readers, facial recognition, Ring partnerships, and security camera network, and any other tools used by the local PD. The database is searchable and you can directly search to know the details of your local law enforcement.
EFF says that the map is a crowdsourced effort and you also submit any information you know about your local PD data surveillance techniques for inclusion.