Oakland delays vote on surveillance system

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland officials have delayed voting on a surveillance center for police and firefighters that critics worry could threaten residents’ privacy.

The City Council early Wednesday decided to postpone action on a measure to hire a contractor to build the surveillance hub, also known as the Domain Awareness Center. The center would link dozens of camera and surveillance feeds across the city.

Authorities say it would help solve crimes and improve emergency response efforts. But opponents say the technology could be abused.

Council members said they would delay their vote for two weeks. They are considering narrowing the scope of the center or abandoning the idea altogether.

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