Surveillance Technologies

About the Ordinance

The City of Seattle Surveillance Ordinance 125376 took effect on September 1, 2017 and is designed to provide greater transparency to City Council and the public when the City acquires technology that meets the City's definition of surveillance.

For more information on the Surveillance Ordinance click here. 

Technologies Currently Under Review

The public comment period for Group Two surveillance technologies was open from February 5, 2019 to March 26, 2019. The complete Surveillance Impact Report drafts are below, with one-page summaries of each technology also available. 

Group 2 Surveillance Impact Reports

Seattle Fire Department:

Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD)

One Page Summary

Seattle Department of Transportation:


One Page Summary

Seattle City Light:

Binoculars/Spotting Scope

One Page Summary

Check Meter Device

One Page Summary

SensorLink Amp Fork

One Page Summary

Seattle Police Department:

911 Logging Recorder

One Page Summary

Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD)

One Page Summary


One Page Summary

Group 2 Supplemental Materials

Group 2 Surveillance Technology Public Meeting Video

Group 2 Public Comment Meeting Presentation Slides

Learn About Group 2 Surveillance Technologies

Learn about the Group Two technologies, with the informational videos below.

Master List of Surveillance Technologies

Submitted to Seattle City Council on 11/30/2017, the Master List of Surveillance Technologies provided an overview of all technologies in current use at the City that meet the ordinance definition of surveillance. The order of review has been updated since this publication. A Revised Master List was submitted to Seattle City Council on 5/7/2019.

Below are the CTO quarterly technology determination reports, which are submitted to Council 30 days after the end of each quarter.