The Toronto Police Service announced it has abandoned its plan to adopt a gunshot detection system, The Globe and Mail reports. ShotSpotter incorporates a network of rooftop microphones to determine the exact location of a gunshot. Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General told the police department the “ShotSpotter technology could compromise Section 8 of the Charter rights, specifically unreasonable search and seizure.” Privacy advocates expressed concerns about the surveillance capabilities of the system and applauded the decision to abandon ShotSpotter. Canadian Civil Liberties Association Director of the Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Project Brenda McPhail said the decision is “a win for privacy for Torontonians, and a win against the encroachment of mass surveillance technologies in our city.”
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