The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has injected itself into the debate, however, worried that the infrared cameras are far too revealing and invasive, particularly as they are capable of taking up to 20,000 images of homes per day.
Lisa Van Der Pool of the Boston Business Journal explains:
The city has put the project on hold, at least until cold temperatures start up again, because of privacy concerns. The American Civil Liberties Union has raised concerns that these infrared cameras will reveal information about what’s going on inside of people’s homes. Presumably they’re worried about a little too much information being revealed and [there is] no word on how they’re going to address those concerns.
This is not the first time the ACLU has opposed the use of camera systems in large cities over privacy concerns. Earlier this year, the ACLU of Illinois protested the integration of a surveillance camera system in Chicago, claiming it posed a “pervasive and unregulated threat to privacy.” The group demanded that the system not be expanded until the city of Chicago imposed rules on the use of the system.
The use of invasive cameras is expanding and becoming more readily accepted — the TSA having already broken ground with its naked body scanners at airports around the country, with other longstanding invasive plans still in the works.
As reported by ConservativeFocus.com, for example:
Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets.
Nevertheless, Sagewell’s thermal imaging plan is being touted as an environmental project...
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