‘Information is private’ – NYC police on drone surveillance despite overall openness and transparency

'Information is private' - NYC police on drone surveillance despite overall openness and transparency The New York City Police Department seeks to use unmanned aerial systems or drones for police work in the city, but escapes transparency and the public’s authorization on the advanced surveillance equipment, despite the prescribed openness on using drones by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

 In 2012 the Federal Aviation Administration released its list of agencies authorized to use drones, but the NYPD was not on the list, although earlier the head of the New York City Police Department announced that the largest local law enforcement agency in the United States might soon rely on spy drones for conducting surveillance. Even the outgoing NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that almost in five years drones would fly over the city with the face recognition software.

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