Section 24-132 Sec. 24-132. Limitations on deployment and use of downtown safety cameras.

    (a)    Downtown safety cameras may only be deployed so as to be conspicuous and only within the boundaries of the central business district, and may be in fixed or mobile locations.

    (b)    Downtown safety cameras shall only record areas perceptible to the human eye from public streets and sidewalks and alleys within the central business district where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

    (c)    Downtown safety cameras shall only capture video images and shall not capture audio recordings of any type without court authorization.

    (d)    Downtown safety cameras shall not target/observe individuals solely because of their race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or other classifications protected by law.

    (e)    Downtown safety cameras shall not be used to infringe upon First Amendment rights.

    (f)    Access to the recording equipment for downtown safety cameras or the images captured by downtown safety cameras shall be limited to any private contractor under agreement with the city of Columbia to operate or maintain downtown safety cameras, or to criminal justice agencies and their personnel, but only for official purposes.  Other access shall be limited to individuals or agencies given a court order granting access.

(Ord. No. 20499, § 1, 12-7-09)

Editors Note: Ord. No. 20499, passed by city council on December 7, 2009, called for election; said ordinance was passed by the voters on April 6, 2010.


(Ord. Passed by Voters; 4-6-10; Proposition 1, Added, 04/06/2010)