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Two Years Ago Terror Struck. Now They're Unsure of the Response

  • High-tech cameras come under fire despite 2016 terror attack
  • Data privacy advocates criticize planned security systems

On the evening of July 14, 2016, a terrorist driving a truck mowed down 86 people and wounded hundreds more who had gathered to watch fireworks on the beach promenade in the southern French city of Nice.

In the aftermath of the bloody Bastille Day attack, local politicians promised shocked residents tighter security to prevent another tragedy. Two years later, the Mediterranean municipality has turned itself into a testing ground for surveillance technology. Yet none has been fully deployed.