ACLU Releases Smartphone App to Discreetly Record Police Stops

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) has released a new app that can stealthily record police stops. The organization launched the app in order to protect people from any potential civil liberties violations.

Called the ACLU-NJ Police Tape app, the free downloadable app for Android devices records audio and video, and disappears from your screen once recording has begun – a version for iOS arrives later this summer. Though the phone’s screen appears to be black, the app runs in the background and continues to record. The recordings will also be sent to the ACLU-NJ, where theywill be reviewed for any violations of civil liberties. Once a file is uploaded, it is stored on an external server so it cannot be permanently deleted. In addition, the app includes a database that lists a citizen’s rights when in a car, at home, walking on the street, or even under arrest.

New Jersey State Police spokesman Lt. Stephen Jones told us the department already records police stops to protect its troopers, and that an app doing the same thing wasn’t something to worry about.

While we all want justice to prevail, is having an app that records officers without their knowledge taking things too far? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and watch the promo video for the app below.

Source: ACLU-NJ via YouTube

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