Should towns install surveillance cameras in public parks?

Oct 16, 2017

The town of Derry plans to place surveillance cameras around Hood Park in an effort to reduce criminal behavior such as drug use and vandalism. But will the cameras make the park safer, or infringe on people’s privacy rights?

Crime in public parks

Criminal behavior related to drug use in public parks has been a growing concern in New Hampshire in light of the opioid crisis. The city of Manchester has attempted to address the problem, in part, by prohibiting smoking in all its public parks. Police say it deters people smoking synthetic marijuana.

House resurrects drone regulations

Jun 02, 2017

Earlier this year the New Hampshire Senate killed a bill that limited the use of drones by law enforcement, businesses, and private citizens. 

On Thursday, June 1 the House of Representatives resurrected the bill by adding its language to an unrelated bill about franchise regulations. The Senate will likely request a conference committee with Representatives to negotiate a final version of the bill.

Bill would limit cellphone "stingrays"

Feb 23, 2017

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has voted unanimously in favor of a bill to limit the use of cell site simulators such as "stingrays."

Those devices mimic cellphone towers, allowing a user to gather data from nearby cellphones.

New Hampshire already has a law that prevents law enforcement from obtaining a cellphone’s location without a warrant. However, the law does not specifically address stingrays. 

Should NH put cameras on school buses to catch those who pass them illegally?

Dec 21, 2016

Several states have passed laws allowing school districts to mount cameras on school buses to record whether drivers are passing illegally when buses are stopped to let off or pick up children.

In Austin, Texas, a similar move resulted in catching over 6,600 motorists over a period of just four months. By one estimate, drivers in the United States illegally passed school buses over 13 million times in 2015.

Some big cities give rebates for security cameras

Nov 10, 2016

Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago all offer residents compensation for installing security cameras if the residents register the cameras with police. 

The idea is to increase the availability of video evidence for police investigating crimes.

House passes drone restrictions

Mar 25, 2016

On Wednesday, March 23 the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted in favor of a drone regulation bill, HB 602.

The bill clarifies that the government cannot use drones on private property without a warrant, unless there are special circumstances such as an imminent terrorist attack.  The bill also restricts drone use by private individuals without a property owner’s consent.  

Ban on police drone use?

Sep 21, 2015

On Tuesday, September 22 a group of New Hampshire House committees will meet to discuss prohibiting law enforcement use of drones to collect evidence.

Drones technology is getting smaller and cheaper, presenting law enforcement with a new tool for surveillance.

Some privacy advocates are concerned that the ease of drone use will create a surveillance society, in which the police routinely use drones to surveil the public.

NH library suspends internet privacy project

Sep 11, 2015

The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire has suspended a project that supported the ability of web users to surf the internet anonymously.

In July the Kilton Public Library dedicated a small amount of its internet bandwidth to traffic from Tor, a software that anonymizes internet traffic by bouncing it through many different locations. The Kilton Public Library was the first library in the nation to support Tor, as part of the national Library Freedom Project

Warrant for GPS/cell phone location?

Jun 05, 2015

On Thursday the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that requires police to get a warrant before installing a GPS tracker or accessing a cell phone's location.

In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that installing a GPS tracker qualifies as a search under the Fourth Amendment, but the Court did not clarify when a warrant might be required.  Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion that legislatures were probably better suited to drawing that line.

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