Reuters reports that Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan told the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference that leaks about government surveillance, such as the revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, are a threat to law enforcement use of new technologies such as drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, “UAVs”) and license-plate readers. Reuters reports:
The disclosures, including about monitoring of U.S. phone records, threaten to erode existing authority to use high-tech equipment, he said.
“The scrutiny that the NSA has come under filters down to us,” Keenan said at the annual gathering that draws top law enforcement from the United States and elsewhere with workshops, product exhibits and conferences. […]
For many new technologies, there is no clear legal standard to govern their use, he said. “If we are not very careful, law enforcement is going to lose the use of technology,” he said.
Notably, at the same conference, Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey said there should be thoughtful consideration of the use of technological advances such as facial-recognition technology or license-plate readers. “We have to remind ourselves – just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it,” Ramsey said.