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Despite Privacy Concerns, SDPD Increasingly Using Streetlight Cameras

A smart streetlight located near the entrance of the San Diego State Universi...

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Above: A smart streetlight located near the entrance of the San Diego State University campus is pictured June 4, 2019.

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San Diego police have discovered that video cameras installed on streetlights around the city three years ago are proving helpful in solving crimes.

Aired: August 7, 2019 | Transcript

San Diego police have discovered that video cameras installed on streetlights around the city three years ago are proving helpful in solving crimes.

The police department said it's viewed streetlight video footage in connection with more than 140 investigations, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

But some groups have raised privacy concerns and worry about the potential for hacking. The American Civil Liberties Union and others are urging the city to adopt a surveillance oversight ordinance to guard against abuses.

RELATED: SDPD Using Video From Smart Streetlights To Help Solve Crimes

The city is holding a series of workshops to gather public input on the issue. One is scheduled for August 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library.

Joshua Emerson Smith, who covers the environment and transportation for the Union-Tribune, joins Midday Edition Wednesday to talk about the ongoing controversy over the use of the streetlight surveillance cameras.

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