Surveillance cameras installed along Alki in West Seattle

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 8:39 PM

Along Alki Avenue Southwest in Seattle, people are noticing a new eye in the sky. About 15 feet up several utility poles are new surveillance cameras.

Seattle police would release only a few details on Thursday. The cameras are part of a port security project called the City of Seattle Port Security Mesh Network Data Exchange Program. They will record images of the water and areas around it, once they cameras are hooked up.

According to SPD, the cameras will have privacy masking so that homes will be blacked out.

Police will hold community meetings to give residents an opportunity to see what the camera is viewing and recording.

The American Civil Liberties Union points out that, in the past, surveillance technology like cameras in public parks and the new Seattle Police Department drones did not get favorable feedback from the public.

"There is more and more of this technology coming that moves us closer to a surveillance society," said Doug Honig, communications director for the Seattle branch of the ACLU. "And that's what we're trying to prevent."

Seattle police say they plan on releasing more information on Friday.

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