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Scholars Under Surveillance: How Campus Police Use High Tech to Spy on Students

– Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

US colleges and universities have begun allowing campus law enforcement to use high tech surveillance systems, with concerning implications

Across the US, security agencies have begun using advanced surveillance technologies across campuses in the name of safety. With access to body-worn cameras, drones, ALPRs, social media monitoring, biometric identification, gunshot detection, and video analytics, the ability to police students and staff is simultaneously becoming stronger and more worrying.

“A fear of school shootings, and other campus crimes, have led administrators and campus police to install sophisticated surveillance systems that go far beyond run-of-the-mill security camera networks.”

The use of advanced surveillance methods employed by campus police usher in questions regarding whether they are warranted if detrimental to educational and intellectual liberties.

For decades upon decades, police and intelligence agencies have... spied on students and professors engaged in social movements. High-tech surveillance only exacerbates the threat to academic freedom

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