Surveillance Camera Project Summary
Over the last five months, a small but dedicated group of New York Civil
Liberties Union volunteers walked the streets of Manhattan in search of video
surveillance cameras. This group sought out every camera, public or private,
which records people in public space. From the records they made of the camera
locations, the volunteers produced a comprehensive map of all 2,397
surveillance cameras in Manhattan.
Clearly, video surveillance cameras have arrived on the streets of New York
City. But it is up to us to decide if they are here to stay, and if they are,
then under what conditions. At this stage in their proliferation, we need to
take an active, not passive, role in the decision-making process that allows
for the installation of video surveillance cameras.
The intent of this website is to raise awareness of the prevalence of video
surveillance cameras in New York City, explain the threat they pose to our
individual freedom, begin a long overdue, much needed dialogue on the topic
and recommend ways to curb cameras infringement on our right of anonymity and
to move and associate freely.