Seeing Is Believing: Litigation In The Age of Video Surveillance

With the advent of new technology from dashboard cameras to iPhones, it has become easier to capture a collision unfolding right before our eyes. Chances are, if an incident wasn’t caught on an iPhone, iPad, tablet, dash cam, GoPro or camera, the local traffic, retail store or bank surveillance has caught something on their camera footage. Needless to say, privacy in our digital age is a rare phenomenon. That being said, we no longer have to deal with uncertain, unreliable and unclear statements. We can now simply just watch real time video footage.

Cliven Bundy Trial Delayed Over Handling Of Surveillance Cameras

The trial against Cliven Bundy and his sons was delayed for a week over questions about whether the government withheld surveillance videos of the Bundy Ranch during the 2014 standoff. Jurors were about to be called into the courtroom to hear opening statements Tuesday when the trial derailed and federal prosecutors were asked to account for evidence they said did not exist.

Police: Think Twice Before Sharing Video Surveillance Of Crimes

We’re living in the age of video surveillance. Unfortunately, we see it most often when one of us has been violated by crooks. Crimes like package thefts, car prowls, even hit-and-run crashes may never have been solved had it not been for the watchful eye of security cameras. But one Puget Sound police department is warning people to think twice before sharing evidence on social media; otherwise the investigation could be over before it begins.

Use Of Video Recordings As Evidence Within The European Union

For a number of years now, public life has seen an exponential increase of the use of video recording equipment. The question remains under which conditions video equipment can be installed and to which extent video recordings can be allowed as evidence within the European Union (EU) legal system. Not only in the public space, but also on the work floor are cameras deployed regularly. In addition, it is almost a certainty that most events are recorded by dashcams, drones, or smartphones. The opinions diverge on whether or not this is a positive evolution. What has become clear is that video recordings can be used as evidence in legal procedures.

Eagle Eye Networks Launches Eagle Eye Contract Vault

Eagle Eye Networks, Inc., announced the Eagle Eye Contract Vault, a complete cloud based system for recording and archiving video of important business transactions. The video recordings are stored long-term in the Eagle Eye Cloud Data Centers with descriptions and metadata for easy search and retrieval. Using the Eagle Eye Video API both audio and video analysis can be completed on the recordings to extract key data. Currently the system is used for recording contracts for vacation ownership, home loans, and personal loans. Other applications include estate planning, human resource actions, and financial transactions.

Release Of Chicago Police Videos Marks Watershed Moment

The Emanuel administration’s release of massive amounts of evidence in nearly 90 pending investigations of police shootings and other incidents marked a watershed moment for a city that fought for decades to keep videos in excessive force cases hidden from the public. The document dump on Friday came more than six months after video of a Chicago police officer shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times changed the landscape for the embattled Police Department.

Las Vegas Woman Awarded About $13 Million In Slip & Fall Lawsuit Against Lowe’s

A Las Vegas woman was awarded about $13 million in the lawsuit she filed against Lowe’s Home Centers after she fell at one of the company’s stores in July 2013. Plaintiff’s attorney reminded the jury that a Lowe’s employee erased video surveillance that might have caught Hendrickson’s fall. Although deleting the footage was a mistake, Holm countered, the cameras in the garden center were facing a wall in the gardening center and wouldn’t have shown Hendrickson’s fall.

St. Louis Police Release Footage of Antonio Martin Fatal Shooting

St. Louis County police released footage on Wednesday evening they said shows 18-year-old Antonio Martin pulling a gun on an officer before being shot and killed, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The footage was taken from three different security cameras at the Berkeley, Missouri gas station where Martin encountered the unidentified officer. However, the officer […]

L.A. Mayor Plans to Equip City’s Police Officers With Body Cameras

TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR) announced the purchase of 860 AXON body-worn video cameras and a five-year subscription to EVIDENCE.com by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti further announced a plan by the city to equip a total of 7,000 officers with body cameras in 2015.

Federal Court Agrees With EFF, Throws Out Six Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

As we have been following on SecurityHive.com, the use as evidence of video surveillance of a camera pointed at the front of a home (or business) from a "public vantage point" is working its way through the courts. Where an Appeals Court had previous allowed such evidence, now a judge has ruled that such evidence gathering activities violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As posted on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website: The public got an early holiday gift today when a federal court agreed with us that six weeks of continually video recording the frontyard of someone’s home without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.