St. Louis Ordinance Would Take First Step Toward Limiting the Surveillance State

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 6, 2017) – Passage of a proposed St. Louis ordinance would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

Alderman Terry Kennedy introduced Board Bill 66 last month. The proposed ordinance would require St. Louis police and other city entities to get Board of Aldermen approval of a publicly presented plan before obtaining and using surveillance technology.

Any City entity that determines to have, operate, contract, borrow, share, participate in and/or create a Surveillance Program, modify the use, functionality or capacity of an existing Surveillance Program, or enter into an agreement involving mutual assistance in which personnel using such technology are shared inter-jurisdictionally, shall first create a Surveillance Program Plan that shall be submitted to the Board of Aldermen for approval before implementation.

Within 60 days of submitting the plan, the entity would be required to hold “one or more well-publicized and conveniently located community engagement meetings at which the general public is invited to discuss and ask questions regarding the Surveillance Program Plan.”

The ordinance covers a vast array of spy-gear, including cell site simulators, automatic ...

Read more at the 10th Amendment Center