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NYCLU v. New York City Police Department (Seeking access to information on Lower Manhattan Security Initiative under FOIL)

  • the scope of information to be collected about law-abiding people;
  • how the police intend to use the information;
  • who the police will share the information with;
  • how long the police will store the information before destroying it;
  • any privacy protections included in the system;
  • which private surveillance systems, such as bank security cameras, will become part of the system;
  • assessments of the Ring of Steel system, upon which the plan is modeled;
  • and the extent to which city funds are being used to create the system.

In August 2008, news reports disclosed a further plan, called “Operation Sentinel,” to photograph and track every vehicle entering Manhattan and then keep data on each vehicle in a police database.  


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