The U.S. Homeland Security Department is testing technology that would allow agents to use cellphones or e-mail devices to share live video of possible terrorists over a law enforcement network, reports USA Today. Privacy advocates are expressing concern. Officials call the security surveillance system RealEyes because it instantly broadcasts images to anyone connected to the system. It can give law enforcement agencies a front-row view of what’s going on in real time.
A live video feed could be shared with “dozens or hundreds of authorized users,” Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa says. Melissa Ngo of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says the department should proceed cautiously because the government has a post-9/11 record of “expansions into surveillance when there’s no credible threat.”