Some viewers members leaving a live performance by Drake at a Manhattan theater got here exterior to see a New York Police Division officer filming these submitting out, elevating considerations from privateness advocates over what can be completed with the footage.
The NYPD mentioned Monday the video would solely be used for a social media submit, however there have been nonetheless requires the fabric to be deleted.
Music author Jon Caramanica of The New York Instances posted on Twitter on Saturday evening that the NYPD was filming these leaving the present on the Apollo Theater, placing up a video exhibiting an officer seemingly recording these popping out.
In a press release, the division mentioned the officer was a part of the social media group for the native precinct and was getting video for a social media submit about native occasions.
“The video won’t be utilized for every other cause,” the division mentioned.
However the Surveillance Expertise Oversight Undertaking, a New York Metropolis-based group that focuses on privateness and civil rights, referred to as the videotaping “extremely regarding” and that attendees had been being surveilled with out their consent. It demanded the video be destroyed.