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UMass Police Say Station Security Cameras Violate Their Privacy

February 26, 2012  | 

A judge ordered the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to cease all unnecessary recordings in its campus police station after officers complained that their privacy rights were being violated.

The 32 security cameras in the station, which opened in April, can record private conversations, the Associated Press reports. A lawyer for the university said no unwarranted recording has occurred.

The system software used to operate the cameras can be used to activate the equipment's audio capabilities, and record conversations without the knowledge of those being recorded, The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports.

Attorney Thomas A. Kenefick, who is representing the UMass police, is looking to have the audio capabilities disabled or the cameras replaced entirely.

Tags: Campus Safety, Video Surveillance


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Fed Cop @ 2/28/2012 8:20 AM

Hmmm... what are they doing in a police station that violates their expectation of privacy. Don't talk 'smack' about the Chief then.

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