The Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act: A Resource Page

This resource page is intended to provide journalists, policy-makers, and the public information about the Public Oversight of Police Technology (POST) Act.

June 12, 2017

Last updated: September 1, 2017

In March 2017, the New York City Council introduced a bill to increase transparency and oversight over the NYPD’s use of sophisticated new surveillance technologies and information sharing networks. Dubbed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, the legislation requires the NYPD to disclose basic information about the surveillance tools it uses and the safeguards in place to protect the privacy and civil liberties of New Yorkers.

The Brennan Center strongly supports the POST Act, especially at a time of heightened anxiety about federal acc ess to local police data. The POST Act is carefully calibrated to ensure that the NYPD can continue to keep the city safe while providing policymakers with the information necessary for effective oversight. 

This resource page is intended to provide journalists, policy-makers, and the public information about the POST Act. Below are fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, and press coverage related to this legislation.

Background on the Bill

Post Act Press Release

Testimony in Support of the Bill

Statements in Opposition to the Bill

Blog Posts

Media Round-Up