15 Feb Backlash Prompts Seattle to Remove Controversial Surveillance Equipment
The city of Seattle reportedly had to take down a $3.6 million wireless mesh node network following the backlash from citizens and privacy advocates who raised their concerns on the controversial surveillance equipment.
The network was installed by the Seattle Police Department using grant money from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the ACLU, the Seattle Privacy Coalition, and other privacy activists, the equipment had the capability to track and log every wireless device that moved through its system.
The city had to spend an additional $150,000 to have the nodes removed, but it was reported that the hardware would be repurposed for other city agencies.
Source: The Antimedia