Third Public Comment Period Open for Currently Used Surveillance Technologies

The City of Seattle has published the third set of draft of Surveillance Impact Reports (SIRs) for three of the 26 currently existing surveillance technologies, per the Surveillance Ordinance.   

We’re looking for the public’s input on the SIRs to help the provide Council with insight into community perspective and ensure City policies responsibly govern the use of these technologies. 

The public comment period is currently open today and runs through November 7th 14th, 2020. The complete list of technologies in this group for review, can be found below. We have three ways to allow residents to provide input and share their concerns. 

  1. Residents can submit their surveillance comments on each technology online at: City of Seattle Privacy website
  1. Seattle residents can also mail comments to Attn: Surveillance & Privacy Program, Seattle IT, PO Box 94709, Seattle, WA 98124 
  1. City Surveillance Technology Event: The City will hold an online event to allow attendees ask questions from department technology experts and hear from City leadership.  

More information on these technologies, as well as the City of Seattle’s Privacy program, can be found online at the City of Seattle’s Privacy website

This public input period is a valuable part of our process. The City of Seattle is committed to being transparent and accountable. Hearing from residents is part of the process. We welcome your thoughts and comments. We look forward to hearing what you have to say. 

Meeting 1

City Surveillance Technology Event  October 28th, 2020 12:00pm-1:00pm WebEx Event Dial-in Info: +1-408-418-9388 Access code: 146 533 4053 
Technologies Submitted for Public Comment 
Forward Looking Infrared Real Time Video (FLIR) 
Situational Awareness Cameras Without Recording 
Video Recording Systems 

Please contact Surveillance@seattle.gov if you require any language or other accommodations.