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BART Board To Vote On Security Upgrade

Privacy Advocates Worry About More Cameras

KCBS Radio Morning News
August 09, 2018 - 7:18 am

OAKLAND (KCBS Radio) -- BART directors are scheduled to vote Thursday on funding for a package of security enhancements proposed after a recent series of high-profile crimes at BART stations, including the stabbing death of Oakland teenager Nia Wilson.

Some privacy advocates suggest the security package is being rushed along with little public outreach or privacy consideration.  Activists using the phrase "BART is a subway, not a perpetual lineup" say the added security cameras will be used to identify and track passengers.

BART officials deny that the proposed addition of 1,500 cameras to the approximately 2,000 now in use would include the introduction of facial-recognition technology. 

General Manager Grace Crunican says the $19 million dollar security upgrade would allow BART police to respond more quickly when trouble occurs.

But there may not be unanimous support for the approach being proposed by BART staff. Director Bevan Dufty of San Francisco told KCBS Radio that he'd prefer to spend money on more officers for the understaffed Bart police department. "I'm a little more interested in saying that our riders don't want to feel as vulnerable as they're feeling right now," said Dufty.