NYPD Gets Shiny, Scary New Surveillance Toys

June 21, 2013 | Andy Cush

Not to be outdone by the NSA and the GHCQ, the NYPD is unveiling some scary spying equipment of its own. The Domain Awareness System, a program rolled out last year that compiles information from every NYPD surveillance camera, license plate reader, and radiation detector in the city, will soon be made available for every cop to use on a mobile device or in their squad car. That is to say, from an iPhone or a device like it, any cop could be watching any camera feed, from anywhere in the city.

As if that wasn’t enough, the department is also doubling the number of surveillance cameras–from 3,000 to 6,000– and increasing the number of license plate readers around the city.

There’s a full bevy of other stuff too–from cameras that can isolate and track anyone wearing a specific article of clothing, to scanners that can “geo-spatially map each location in the city where a plate reader has spotted [a given car] in the past five years.”

Read the full, terrifying report at Reuters.

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