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Police in Mississippi Want Access to Live Home Security Video, Alarming Privacy Advocates

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Small city police departments could expand their surveillance footprints by streaming live video from home security cameras.

Officials in Jackson, MS, are expanding police surveillance powers to allow residents and business owners to send live feeds from many types of security cameras including popular doorbell cameras directly to the citys real-time command center.

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Officials in Jackson, MS, are expanding police surveillance by permitting live feeds from doorbell and other security cameras to be sent by residents and business owners to the city's real-time command center.

Other small cities without resources to build surveillance systems also are considering police use of livestreaming technology.

However, civil liberties advocates are concerned the technology could result in more scrutiny of everyday activities and more arrests for low-level offenses.

Jackson, along with cities like Ocoee, FL, Minneapolis, MN, and Rialto, CA, has partnered with Georgia-based Fusus to build networks of public and private security cameras. Fusus offers black boxes the size of Wi-Fi routers that convert footage from cameras and feed it into a police surveillance hub.

Camera owners can determine the level of access granted to police.

Fusus does not integrate with facial recognition technology, but works with other kinds of artificial intelligence-powered video analytics.

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