By Lisa Rein. Originally published in Mondo 2000
These simple letter templates can compel the Police and Sheriff Departments of a given city to provide you with documentation regarding every type of surveillance equipment in existence for a given City (Police) and saCounty (Sheriff).
It’s a roundabout way of determining what surveillance equipment is being used on the public in a given city, but since it’s all we have, at least the #ASDPSP project will make it so much easier for journalists and the public to get their hands on this information.
In this third installment of our series, Tracy will help us understand more about what we found in Sacramento, and how do approach local politicians to put pressure on them to do something about it, by implementing a “surveillance policy framework.”
Tracy Rosenberg, co-founder of the Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project, explains #whatwefound in #Sacramento using our project’s letter templates and Muckrock, an online platform for filing public records requests. Continue reading Mondo 2000: The Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project #ASDPSP – Reports Back: Here’s #WhatWeFound In Sacramento
The moment on when BART formally enacted the sixth surveillance transparency ordinance in California, the ninth in the country and the first by a transit district. September 27, 2018
With Oakland Privacy catalyzing the turnout, members of ACLU, EFF, DSA, Oakland Privacy, APTP, East Bay For Everyone, Media Alliance, AROC, and the public spoke at BART’s August 9th Board of Directors meeting with essentially one voice against BART proposals for increased surveillance on the transit system.
Oakland privacy members Brian Hofer, Tracy Rosenberg, Lou Katz and Don Fogg spoke during public comment, reminding the board that a surveillance equipment regulation ordinance, approved in theory over a year and a half ago, had still not had its language finalized nor come before the board – and needed to before any new surveillance equipment was approved.
Civil Rights Groups Letter of Opposition to BART Security Plan Opposition to BART surveillance proposal - 8.8.2018 - 5pm
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14 Prominent Law and Technology experts have issued a letter supporting Senate Bill 1186 and surveillance transparency.
The letter states: Whether local law enforcement agencies should deploy surveillance technology, and the conditions under which they deploy it, raise important legal and public policy questions. For this reason, local law enforcement agencies seeking to further
community public safety goals should not unilaterally decide what surveillance technology they acquire and deploy. It is important that elected representatives—and through them, members of the public—have an opportunity to weigh in on whether and how surveillance technology is used, holistically considering its impact on civil rights and liberties and the overall safety needs of the community.
Letter signers include Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law, Susan Freiwald, Interim Dean at the University of San Francisco School of Law and L. Song Richardson, Dean at the UC Irvine School Law, Jennifer King, Director of Consumer Privacy at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford School of Law and Robert Fellmeth, Executive Director of the Center for Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego Law School. Continue reading CA Law School Deans Support Surveillance Transparency