NEWS ALERT: New York Approves Police Surveillance Oversight (POST Act)

NEWS ALERT: New York Approves Police Surveillance Oversight (POST Act)

The New York City Council today approved the POST Act, a new law that increases transparency and oversight over the NYPD’s use of sophisticated new surveillance technologies and information-sharing networks. Just as the country is in a state of heightened anxiety about the police killings of African-Americans, the law requires the police department to disclose basic information about the surveillance tools it uses, and develop policies on how it uses those tools, to protect the privacy and civil liberties of New Yorkers.  

The Brennan Center, along with other civil rights groups and community activists, fought for the POST Act for three years. Ángel Díaz, counsel for Brennan's Liberty & National Security Program, said:

"This moment couldn’t have happened without New Yorkers taking to streets and demanding racial justice and police accountability. The POST Act brings surveillance oversight to the nation’s largest police force, and is a first step in addressing the NYPD’s reliance on broken and biased technologies.

"The Brennan Center will use this law to continue fighting for our constitutional rights and freedoms, and to advocate for an equal justice system that respects the rule of law."