Manchester, NH Moves Forward with Surveillance Cameras Despite Court Order

A judge in Manchester says the city’s plan to install surveillance cameras could violate the state’s current privacy laws, but the Manchester Police Department is moving forward with the plan anyway.

In June, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sued the city on behalf of four plaintiffs, claiming the three cameras planned on Elm Street would give police identifying information protected by privacy law, including motorists’ faces and their license plate numbers.

In a preliminary order issued on Tuesday, Judge Tina L. Nadeau said that simply installing the cameras wasn’t illegal, but reviewing the footage and identifying someone would be.