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Changes trigger delay of ordinance to govern use of surveillance technology in San Diego

  • 3 mths ago

SAN DIEGO — The push for oversight of surveillance technologies in the city of San Diego hit a speed bump Monday when the City Council agreed to change parts of a proposed ordinance that would govern how the technology is used.

The most notable change carves out an exemption for police on federal task forces — meaning they would not have to disclose surveillance information. Because of that and other changes, it will likely be weeks before the ordinance gets back to the council for a vote.

The ordinance was proposed after San Diego elected officials and residents learned in 2019 that the city had quietly installed cameras on 3,000 smart streetlights three years earlier. The idea was to create better transparency and protect civil liberties.

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