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Narragansett Bay cameras raise concerns

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Surveillance of Narragansett Bay by Rhode Island officials is raising some concerns. Town Councilor Chris Warfel of Block Island told The Providence Journal that he wonders who has access to the state’s system of 48 surveillance cameras from Providence to Narragansett and what is done with the recordings. State officials are asking Block Island officials if they can put a camera in Old Harbor. Warfel said he and others have questions in light of reports about the federal government’s secret collection of phone and Internet records. State officials say that the cameras are intended to protect bridges from terrorist attacks and to track large vessels and that only law enforcement officials have access.

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