A federal government watchdog has asked the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister for details on the pilot project to install cameras and video surveillance in the homes of members of the public.
“I would like to hear the details,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Thursday at a meeting with industry executives, according to a transcript of the meeting obtained by The Canadian Press.
“This is something that needs to be done in order to ensure public safety.”
The pilot project was announced in May but the government has not released the details of the surveillance equipment or locations.
A spokesperson for Blaney would not comment Thursday on the specifics of the pilot program, saying it is under wraps.
“The pilot project is currently in development and we are not yet releasing the specifics on it,” said Julie Davenport, the department’s director of communications.
A spokeswoman for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) said it was unaware of any details of a pilot program that was announced earlier this year.
The Public Safety Department also did not respond to a request for comment Thursday from CBC News.
Blaney has said he would like more information about the surveillance system, such as whether it will be monitored by cameras in front of the homes.
In June, Blaney announced a $4.5-million program to buy surveillance drones from companies including Blackbird Aerospace, but did not detail how the cameras and surveillance equipment will be used.
“We want to make sure that the privacy of our residents is protected,” Blaney told reporters.
“It’s going to be a public safety tool.”
In addition to the drone surveillance, the Government of Canada is also working on a pilot project that will allow police officers to monitor the movements of suspects in their vehicle and home.
The project, which is still in the pilot stage, will allow the RCMP to monitor suspects, including vehicle occupants, as they move from one location to another, according the government.
The RCMP has been in the process of developing a surveillance system that can track the movements and movements of criminals.
Police already have the capability to record footage of the movement of criminals and suspects and the location of vehicles that are used to transport them.