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Cops aren't the only ones embracing body camerasPolice departments around the country have started using body cameras in the wake of confrontations in Ferguson, Mo., and New York. In the near future, cops likely won't be the only ones using them on the job. CNET.com's Kara Tsuboi explains who else...
A gun, handcuffs, radio, and now a body camera are all part of the uniform for some officers of the Hayward California Police Department. We have a headpiece, sunglasses that are on our shoulders. You tend to forget about it cuz it's so lightweight. This department recently purchased 150 Taser brand AXON body cameras in order to have a video record of police interactions with the public. Officers decide when to turn it on, and off. Hayward's recorded video's uploaded to their Cloud storage. It can't be edited or deleted, but officers do have the right to view their own footage. After 90 days, then the footage will fall off. If it's marked as evidence, though, we're gonna keep that indefinitely. ACLU attorney, Chris Conly, cites privacy concerns. There are gonna be strict policies around who can access it. How long it's retained. Where it's used. But soon it maybe more than law enforcement wearing these cameras on the job. Vevu makes a body camera use in more than 4,000 police departments nation wide. But it's also marketing its consumer model for other professionals. We've had school bus drivers, we've had teachers, we've had dentists. It's amazing the amount of people that have things happen in their lives that they want to record, so they can protect themselves later. People want what benefits them on the record and yet, they also want to have the privacy to go about their lives, and not be monitored all the time. These types of body cams are not much different than other wearable consumer cameras like Google Glass or GoPro. The widespread adoption could mean even less privacy for everyone in public. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News.