Does law enforcement's quest for safety infringe on people's civil liberties? The San Diego Union-Tribune says that is the question privacy advocates are asking as technology continues to make it easier for police agencies to monitor citizens. While high-tech gadgets help officers catch criminals, civil rights groups want to ensure privacy rights aren't being sacrificed.
From radar devices that can see through walls to a network of microphones that reports shootings to officers, There are at least eight ways the police can keep an eye on you, and why some groups find them alarming. They include the Range-R radar system, Stingray, body cameras, facial recognition software, license plate readers, cellphone tower dumps and Shotspotter. In each case, the newspaper describes how the device or system works and why private citizens might be concerned.