For nine days in 2012, the Los Angeles County Sheriff used a spy plane to record low-resolution images of every corner of Compton. Residents of Compton were not told they were under aerial surveillance.
The LASD initially claimed Compton was chosen because the city is flat. Critics pointed out most of Los Angeles County is flat, and asked whether Beverly Hills would also undergo aerial surveillance.
Journalists also pointed out the videotaping:
1: Is too low-resoltuion to identify anyone, so...
2: it's worthless as evidence, and...
3: The video wasn't real-time so police wouldn't catch anyone in the act
So what, exactly, was the point of this expensive program?
Ed from the UK Open Rights Group writes, “Right now, the Government is ramming a new snooping law through Parliament. The Investigatory Powers Bill would force companies such as Sky, BT, Google and Facebook to keep detailed records of what we do online for a year — even if we are not suspected of committing […]
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