Paranoid about security cameras in downtown Tampa for the RNC? Get this app.

Gales said he created the app to raise awareness about the number of cameras installed for the convention.

"Some of these cameras can look into people's bedrooms. I don't think it's unreasonable to have a public discussion about them," he says.

During the short debate about the cameras at the council, then ACLU representative John Dingfelder warned that "these are not run-of-the-mill cameras," but in fact "high-tech cameras that, when mounted on the top of a building, can see the mole on your face."

Gales says that in the request for proposals sent out to companies bidding on installation of the cameras, it was stated that the footage captured by the cameras will be kept for at least four years. "There's no reason for that at all that I can think of," he says.

The $50 million Tampa is spending on security for the convention will allegedly be spent equally on technology (like these cameras) and personnel (the housing, feeding and all other duties involved in hosting 3,000 additional law enforcement officers from throughout the state).

At the time of City Council's approval of the cameras, members also called for a discussion of whether the cameras should be kept up after the four-day political event, in which case the city would have to pay for their upkeep. That discussion will take place on September 20.

In May the Tampa City Council approved spending $2 million of federal funds to pay for a closed circuit television system, intended to bolster security during the Republican National Convention later this month.

The purchase came from the $50 million in taxpayer money that Congress approved for security for the RNC; Charlotte received an additional $50 million for their security needs when the Democrats host their convention at the beginning of next month.

The city contracted Miami-based Aware Digital, Inc. to install the cameras.

Tampa police have never said how many cameras were purchased or where they would be installed for the RNC.

But a Tampa man has created a mobile app that will show you the cameras closest to where you are in the city — and where to look to see them.

Jon Gales has created He's a computer programmer who says he began researching the project after learning about the installation in June. He says once he found out where all the cameras were, he got the idea about showing the nearest ones by using the compass API to point people in the correct direction.

"It's easy to complain, I prefer to be pro-active," he told CL in an email interview.

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