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Public Comments in Response to the NYPD’s Initial Disclosures Under the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act

Commentators urge the NYPD to update its POST Act disclosures to provide the transparency necessary to enable the public and the City Council to effectively assess the civil rights, civil liberties, and racial justice impacts of the Department’s sprawling surveillance system.

Published: March 5, 2021

On Janu­ary 11, 2021, the NYPD released its first draft impact and use policies for its exist­ing surveil­lance tech­no­lo­gies pursu­ant to the Public Over­sight of Surveil­lance Tech­no­logy (POST) Act. As required by law, the draft policies were avail­able for public comment for forty-five calen­dar days, ending on Febru­ary 25, 2021. Linked below are several of the public comments submit­ted, many of which express concern that the disclos­ures do not reflect a good-faith effort by the NYPD to comply with the POST Act require­ments. The NYPD must publish its final policies by April 11, 2021.