NYPD videoing folks leaving Drake live performance worries privateness advocates

Some viewers members leaving a live performance by Drake at a Manhattan theater got here exterior to see a New York Police Department officer filming these submitting out, elevating issues from privateness advocates over what could be performed with the footage.

The NYPD mentioned Monday the video would solely be used for a social media put up, however there have been nonetheless requires the fabric to be deleted.

USA Prime Time music author Jon Caramanica tweeted Saturday evening that the NYPD was filming folks leaving the present on the Apollo Theater. He included a video displaying an officer seemingly recording these popping out:

In a press release, the division mentioned the officer was a part of the social media staff for the native precinct and was getting video for a social media put up about native occasions.

“The video is not going to be utilized for another motive,” the division mentioned.

NYPD Concertgoers Filmed
Drake performs throughout a live performance as a part of the Summer Sixteen Tour in New York in August 2016. 

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But the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, a New York City-based group that focuses on privateness and civil rights, called the videotaping “highly concerning” since attendees had been being surveilled with out their consent. It demanded that the video be destroyed and  that the NYPD reveal “if it had been used for facial recognition.”

The group additionally repeated that it desires state and metropolis bans on police facial recognition software program and facial recognition software program basically at sporting occasions, concert events, and different public occasions.

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