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Report urges Chicago to stop expanding camera network


CHICAGO (WKOW) -- A report published by an advocacy group on Tuesday raises concerns over the camera network watching over streets of Chicago.

The report published by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) says the windy city's current network of more than 10,000 cameras can be violating people's privacy and possibly First Amendment rights. ACLU demands the city to stop expanding the network.

Federal officials have said Chicago has the most extensive and integrated camera network in the nation.

ACLU's report includes complaints about limited transparency on the number of cameras, low public involvement in where the camera are placed, and the lack of cost estimates and regulations.

Police says the network has helped them to respond to emergencies quickly and has led to thousands more arrests.

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