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Seattle PD enlists hackers to solve its body cam problem

Seven groups showed put their best foot forward at the hackathon. Everyone from normal Seattleites to technology professionals showed up for the event, and the SPD was happy with what it saw.

The Seattle hackathon seems to have been a step in that direction. GeekWire wrote, "Mike Wagers, the SPD Chief Operating Officer, was very pleased by the results, saying they exceeded his wildest expectations, although admitting he had no specific expectations from the session."

Each group showed off its own redaction plans. They involve software solutions as well as "human review." The main goal is to quickly and efficiently make the videos conform to Washington's privacy laws. For example, SPD needs to respect the privacy rights of protected persons like minors or people on private property.

Technology is great is so many ways, but it can also open us up to privacy issues. I'm glad to see that the Seattle Police Department is taking these issues seriously and thinking outside the box to find solutions.

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Source: Slate
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