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RCMP members watch porn, snoop on spouses, files show – Politics – CBC News

So, two things here:

  1. These are some of the dangerous uses that a group of BC residents identified with regards to automatic license plate recognition, namely the use of non-hit data (i.e. information not linked to motor vehicle crimes) in excess of the ALPR program’s stated mandate;
  2. Holy hell. This is a case of a police officer stalking/inciting fear in a civilian and her current romantic partner, and there was a reprimand and a few days of docked pay? It’s these kinds of actions that teach people ‘the police won’t protect me if their own interests are involved.’

I mean really, with regards to (2), how terrifying would it be that an ex who is legitimately empowered to exercise the law is stalking you and those associated with you, using a ubiquitous surveillance technology. And moreover, imagine that things had been reversed: that the CIVILIAN was tracking the police officer. No way there’d be a reprimand and a few days of lost pay. No, that civilian would be looking at some intense court actions.

Total. Double. Standard.

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Municipality of Saanich Does the Right Thing on Police Surveillance

Kudos to the mayor of Saanich for, you know, obeying BC law with regards to ubiquitous license plate surveillance technologies that have been found to violate BC law. As the mayer says,

“Certainly [Saanich police] are finding it a useful tool, but because this thing is hosted by the RCMP, who isn’t subject to this oversight, there’s a glitch there,” Leonard said.

“Until it gets sorted out, we just voluntarily suspended use.”

It’s good to see ‘voluntary’ decisions to not violate BC law. Guess now we wait and see whether the other mayors of BC take similarly strong stances.