CHHS Cyber Expert Provides Testimony on Police Body Cameras before D.C. Council

Press Release:

During a Public Oversight Roundtable on the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Body-Worn Camera Program, CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Markus Rauschecker gave oral testimony today on the importance of cybersecurity vigilance needed for maintaining digital recordings, while also urging officials to consider the highest level of transparency possible. The roundtable was held by the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on the Judiciary.

Given the many recent high profile incidents and the public’s seeming growing mistrust of police forces, it is easy to understand why body-worn camera programs, such as the one proposed in the District, are finding widespread support… Seeing these benefits, police departments across the country are heading in the right direction by equipping their officers with body-worn cameras. However, in order for body-worn camera programs to achieve their potential benefits, the data captured by the programs must be secure so as to maintain their integrity. Furthermore, the recordings must be made available to the public through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to ensure transparency and accountability. – Read Rauschecker’s full testimony in the attached letter to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Rauschecker, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law for the course Law and Policy of Cybersecurity, has previously spoken on cybersecurity related to police body cameras for a Baltimore City Mayor’s Working Group.

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Rauschecker 050715 Testimony for DC Council regarding Body Worn Cameras

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