The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont says the state is caught in a web of surveillance despite its rural setting.
The group held a conference in Montpelier Wednesday. ACLU officials say the potential use of drones monitoring the border, automated license plate readers on police cars and the rise of facial recognition software makes it nearly impossible for residents not to leave digital footprints.
Panelists at the conference debated whether the private sector intrusions rival those of national governments. The day's lead speaker, William Arkin, a national secuirty expert, says he doesn't believe any of the attendees are currently being surveilled.
"But I want to say this -- you all are potentially -- and when I mean potentially I mean -- we have setup a global system of surveillance," he said.
The conference will continue Wednesday afternoon. If you would like to read the ACLU's latest report, Surveillance on the Northern Border, click here.
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