Saturday, April 13, 2024

The US allows the police to monitor drivers continuously

In the United States, a federal court has overruled motorists' right to privacy in their own homes due to the ubiquity of video cameras.

Legal certainty has suffered a crack in the United States. Here, a federal court has just approved that the police may monitor drivers outside their own homes.

As justification, the court used the argument that video cameras and their ability to monitor are already widespread in American society.

Jalopnik writes that.

The ruling stems from a case where police in the city of Kansas monitored motorist Bruce Hay outside his property for a full 68 days.

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The surveillance lasted for 15 hours a day, because the police tried to document that Hay had been guilty of a total of 16 criminal matters.

– Sir. Hay cannot reasonably expect to have any right to privacy in front of his home, according to the ruling by the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As justification, the court states that video cameras are so widespread that one must now expect to be filmed outside one's own home.

Incidentally, Bruce Hay was found guilty of what was the reason the police were surveilling him at all.

The court found it proven that Bruce Hay, who is a military veteran, lied about his physical health, something that otherwise entitled him to a number of social benefits.

To the authorities, Hay pretended to be disabled and thus gained access to financial help from the public.

But the verdict means that the police must now also monitor people/drivers, even if they have done nothing wrong. It is just to refer to the decision against Bruce Hay.

Read more about the traffic police's work on the roads right here!

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