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Apps To Record the Police

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Hey everybody!

 

I know some people in this forum occasionally do things which are outside of the law, so I think you guys might be interested in some software I've written.

 

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The apps are called Cop Recorder for Android and iPhone, and are part of a larger project called OpenWatch, which aims to collect evidence about police behavior and misconduct.

 

The apps secretly record audio and video, and then send it back to our central server where we remove your identity and post it to our website, so we can report upon the regional trends in police enforcement.

 

This might also be handy for you in case a cop lies to you, violates your rights or smacks you around, you'll have evidence of it.

 

I don't want to seem like I'm spamming, but I really think a lot of people here could be helped out by what we've created. If it helps, we just got mentioned in Forbes and The Atlantic, as well as BoingBoing.

http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/06/22/openwatch-turns-your-smartphone-into-a-reverse-surveillance-camera/

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/06/policing-the-police-the-smartphone-apps-that-let-you-spy-on-cops/240916//

 

Anyway, our website is http://www.openwatch.net - you can get the apps here - http://openwatch.net/apps/ - and listen to the recordings we've posted so far here - http://openwatch.net/all/

 

So hopefully you guys are never going to need this, right, but if you do get in trouble, remember to record it! It just might save your ass, and it will help our project too.

 

Thanks!

ps i'm a graff head too, if it counts for anything, check my flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/miserlou/

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i see what your trying to do but a lot of writers wont take their iphone out with them

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Discussion about this type of thing Pretty sure this isn't the best idea in some places. Strangely enough it may be prosecutable as wiretapping. It would be some busted shit if you got done dry, recorded it and to reward your actions you were slapped with a few more charges

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The law does very from state to state. I am not a lawyer, mind you, but I have studied the law regarding this quite thoroughly.

 

In almost all states, this is perfectly legal under what's known as 'one party consent.' It is illegal in IL and there have been charges brought in MA, though they have always been dropped and a pending supreme court case should rule it legal.

 

Still, the recording is done in secret and we do remove the identities of all submissions.

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right on. Im one of the most suspicious police mistrusting and disliking people you could ever meet. Im also reasonably conscious of the concept of consequences. I approve.

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Interesting idea. I checked out a few of your recordings, and for the most part the police seem to be quiet nice. Strange compared to the way I've been treated by them in the past.

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Wow man, I get a red flag for posting a relevant youtube video? What the fuck are you on about? Regardless of if the case is dropped, people should know that cases are being brought up. So stop being a bitch and giving me flags for no reason.

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