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LORINC: Eyes in the Sky

The Toronto Police Service has been quietly expanding its drone fleet with virtually no scrutiny, raising tough questions about mission creep, surveillance, and privacy.

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On the evening of July 1, after the sky darkened and the fireworks over Ashbridge’s Bay began, some participants noticed eight police drones monitoring the crowds, occasionally sweeping their lights down on specific locations to indicate some activity for the accompanying officers to investigate. “Six of them had a red light and two of them had a green light,” according to one observer who had also seen them on Victoria Day. “The red-light ones were equipped with... Read more

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