Recommendations

There are many things to consider before allowing local government agencies to acquire and deploy surveillance technologies. Click on the icons to explore a number of recommendations to keep in mind while weighing the costs and benefits of surveillance systems, and while crafting official surveillance policies and protocols.
To ensure public oversight over abuses and unnecessary militarization of police, local government departments should be...[LEARN MORE]
By articulating why your community needs a new surveillance system and its acceptable uses you maximize the return from...[LEARN MORE]
Advanced surveillance equipment often carries significant long-term costs, which should be evaluated and accounted for...[LEARN MORE]
Engaging the whole community in deciding whether to acquire advanced surveillance equipment helps prevent backlash and...[LEARN MORE]
Requiring agencies to get the approval of the local governing body before acquiring advanced surveillance equipment...[LEARN MORE]
Effective policies and rules for use of surveillance tools must be accompanied by comprehensive training.[LEARN MORE]
Limiting surveillance to specified purposes protects privacy and free expression, and most efficiently uses public...[LEARN MORE]
Storing surveillance data is expensive and creates risks. Strict limits should be placed on how long data is held.[LEARN MORE]
Data you cannot find is data you cannot control or keep secure.[LEARN MORE]
Restrictions and guidelines should be in place to ensure that surveillance data is shared in a manner that adequately...[LEARN MORE]
Routine audits of surveillance systems must be employed to ensure compliance and cost-effectiveness and to facilitate...[LEARN MORE]
Effective policies for use of surveillance tools must be accompanied by comprehensive mechanisms for identifying...[LEARN MORE]
Government agencies should be transparent about how they use surveillance technology and its effectiveness.[LEARN MORE]