Who's watching you at Klyde Warren Park?




Posted on March 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:45 PM

DALLAS — The installation of thirteen surveillance cameras has been completed at Klyde Warren Park, but there are concerns about the way those cameras can be monitored.

They were installed by the same company that put more than 150 other cameras in downtown and Uptown Dallas. Police monitor those cameras, but the cameras in the park can also be viewed by the private security firm that patrols the attraction that opened last fall over Woodall Rodgers Freeway.

That’s getting attention from the American Civil Liberties Union and some park visitors.

The company that installed the cameras, BearCom, issued a new release Tuesday boasting that "the director of security at the park can even see the feed on his tablet computer while he’s sitting in his living room."

"It would be creepy for someone to be home watching us at the park all the time — especially if it’s some private organization,” said park patron Peter Boysen.

"Hypothetically, he could be anywhere. He could be at dinner; he could be in his bathroom; he could be in a committee meeting watching everything,” said park visitor Joel Taylor.

The ACLU is also concerned. "What is being done to secure this and to make sure that images of people going about their lives are not being distributed to people who have no reason to have access to those kinds of images?" asked Anne Shuttee with the ACLU of Texas.

WFAA wanted to put those questions to the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, which runs the facility, but no one was available for an interview on Tuesday.

BearCom, the company that makes the cameras and alerted us to the story in the first place, declined to be interviewed about the initiative it had been keen to promote.

E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com