NH ACLU concerned by Peterborough police surveillance

In the age of smart home devices, Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard said the department wants to create a map of homes with surveillance devices.

“It’s to help us solve crimes,” Guinard said.

But Jeanne Hruska, the political director for the ACLU of New Hampshire, said the program is a big step toward creating a surveillance state in which people are monitored by authorities without warrants, subpoenas, or any form of notice.

“This is deeply alarming to me,” Hruska said.

Peterborough’s Police Department put out a message on its Facebook page this week seeking residents to volunteer for the map initiative.

Guinard said the program is completely voluntary and all participants will be kept confidential.