Thursday, September 20, 2012

Opinion: Don't Buy From Xerox

ACS State and Local Solutions has been the speed camera contractor for Montgomery County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Bowie, Frederick City, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Takoma Park, the SHA's 'SafeZones" program, as well as in DC and other locations outside of Maryland. In 2009, ACS was bought out by Xerox Corporation, a well known company which produces a wide variety of commercial products for home and office use. 

Unfortunately, as the biggest speed camera contractor in the state, ACS bears some of the responsibility for the abuses and injustices we have documented on this website.  They have engaged in tactics such as Astroturfing in Baltimore County and in Howard County. Their cameras were involved in cases of mass false accusations in Baltimore City.  And of course the cameras they deploy are partially responsible for the creeping surveillance state and our loss of the right to face an accuser.

If you oppose automated enforcement then we believe you should not give them any of your money, by boycotting Xerox consumer and office products. These products include:
  • Printers (including the Workcentre, Phaser, ColorQube models)
  • Scanners (including DocuMate brand scanners)
  • Copiers
  • Fax machines
  • Office Products (printer paper, labels,  and toner cartridges)
  • Software Products
The next time you need printer paper or replacement printer cartridges, don't buy Xerox. The next time you want to buy a printer/scanner/copier/fax, don't buy Xerox. Just buy it from another company.