Washington and CCTV: It’s 2010, Not Nineteen Eighty-Four

Washington, D.C.’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) program and the role it plays in homeland security and law enforcement can inform other jurisdictions in their development of CCTV policies and implementation. Examining both the process by which Washington, D.C. established its CCTV program and the regulations governing it yields a comprehensive understanding of the practical issues as well as constitutional issues that arise when balancing security, privacy rights, and government transparency. Analyzing strategies of successful jurisdictions, preparing to address the comments those jurisdictions received, and identifying the gaps remaining will improve the efficacy of developing CCTV programs. For an effective, efficient CCTV program that reinforces people’s faith in government, departments must draft regulations that clearly articulate their end goal as well as the means they plan to use to achieve it.

This article was published in the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law (2010)

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