Madison police launch surveillance camera registry

Footage subject to open records law

MADISON – The Madison Police Department has launched an effort to catalog the locations of private surveillance cameras so they can access footage if needed for police investigations, according to a story from the (Madison) Wisconsin State Journal.

Owners of cameras can register them online, reported the State Journal’s Chris Rickert. The online registry makes it clear to camera owners that they could be called as witnesses in criminal cases if their footage is used. It also lets registrants know their information could be subject to open records requests, but police won’t post their personal information online.

The department, which got the idea from another police department, told the State Journal that as of Tuesday afternoon nine people had registered their cameras.

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