Going to California? Left your heart in San Francisco? Well, the cops can now access private security cameras city wide, without a warrant, so long as the camera’s owner allows it. OK, there’s a few limitations, like life-threatening emergency, or how to deploy officers, but the last… a criminal investigation signed off by a captain, reeks of end runs around what has long been protected by courts, outside parties, by getting a warrant. I expect we’ll see a few more similar ventures, and it’ll slowly spread, as it will take 10 years or more to reach the Supreme Court for a smackdown.
In a Tuesday vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed to test a controversial plan to overhaul the city’s surveillance practices.