September 20, 2010

The New York Police Department can now view live footage from 507 security cameras in three of the city’s busiest subway stations, adding to its already extensive surveillance network...Civil liberties advocates have questioned the expansion of below- and above-ground surveillance in New York. “Do we really believe that 500 video cameras in three hubs is really going to ramp up our security and not undermine individual liberty and is better than putting more cops on the street?” said Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “New York City is going to be a go-outside-at-your-own-peril kind of place in no time. Maybe it already is.” She said the NYPD needs to strengthen current guidelines meant to ensure that security footage is not misused.