The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly considering regulating cameras that record audio to be “comparable to the content of conversations.”
The Justice Department’s proposed rule would allow for companies to upload videos to the Federal Records Act for use as evidence in criminal cases.
However, a number of companies have been able to obtain body camera permits, and the National Association of Manufacturers has stated that body cameras will be used in some “critical incidents.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, for example, recently released a report claiming that white people are more likely to be the victims of police violence than other racial groups.
It remains to be seen how this proposal would apply to the body camera market.
Some manufacturers have said they don’t need a federal regulation, and others say they do.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.