BART officials are considering new surveillance technologies to increase security and keep riders safe.
But it’s now stirring up a conversation about whether this would breach people’s privacy.
The surveillance cameras are intended to improve public safety.
They would show real time activity at every BART station and anyone would be able to watch on TV monitors put up around the stations to show people they are on camera.
The BART Board of Directors just approved two new video recording technologies and are hoping during the public meetings people will speak up if they think the security enhancement would invade their privacy.
The video recording would allow BART police and other authorized users to monitor the stations for criminal activity.
Privacy advocates have spoken out and are worried facial recognition will be used.
They’re concerned this will be used to target undocumented immigrants.
But the agency wants to reassure people and BART employees the TV screens and videos are only used to deter crime.
And if a dangerous situation were to arise, the system could produce video evidence.
The video could also be used to investigate accidents, mediate disputes and resolve complaints.
The video in the system would be stored for seven to 30 days, but could only be accessed by others through a subpoena.
BART also plans to place public video monitors around fare gates at stations to remind people they are being watch in hopes of deterring fare evasion and reducing crime.
The board initially approved the new technologies, but it’s unknown when this would roll out.
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