Government Technology: Atlanta-Area Jails to Track Inmates With High-Tech Wristbands

May 3, 2023

Privacy advocates sharply criticize jails’ use of electronic wristbands. Jake Wiener, counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said using them to collect health information from Georgia jail inmates — most of whom are awaiting trial — would be “dystopian.”

“It’s deeply inappropriate. And there is a serious risk that this information will be sold,” Wiener said. “The people who are in jail and are being subjected to surveillance here are the people who do not have the money to get out on bail. This is like targeted surveillance of the poorest, most marginalized people in society.”

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