Chicago adds to its 10,000 electronic eyes

Chicago’s network of more than 10,000 public and private surveillance cameras is getting bigger, Fran Spielman writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The city's Public Building Commission has added three places that could be terrorist targets to the city’s surveillance network: the Board of Trade, the Federal Reserve and the AT&T switching center, all in Chicago’s financial nerve center, the story continued. The article said the commission has already installed 3,300 surveillance cameras at key government buildings and other possible targets.

The cameras will be paid for with a $650,000 grant from the Homeland Security Department, the Sun-Times said.

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Mon, Jun 20, 2011

And what. exactly, will they do with this firehose of data? This isn't TV- despite what they imply on shows like 24 and NCIS, etc. Unless they know ahead of time to be watching a particular camera or trail of cameras,these feeds are really only useful after a crime has been committed, if the data has been kept, and if it ends up in the right hands.

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