Washington – Today, 34 civil rights, consumer, and privacy organizations join in releasing public interest principles for privacy legislation, because the public needs and deserves strong and comprehensive federal legislation to protect their privacy and afford meaningful redress.
Irresponsible data practices lead to a broad range of harms, including discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare, and advertising. They also lead to data breaches and loss of individuals’ control over personal information. Existing enforcement mechanisms fail to hold data processors accountable and provide little-to-no relief for privacy violations.
The following can be attributed to JP Massar, Organizer at Oakland Privacy:
“We must not only watch the watchers, and regulate the sellers of our information. We must begin to unravel the information panopticon that has already formed. This is a start.”
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On March 27, 2018, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution ending Urban Shield, as currently constituted, after the September 2018 expo and drills. A new Ad-Hoc task force was assembled to recommend how the County should use its Urban Areas Security Iniative (UASI) emergency preparedness grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security going forward. You can find out more about the new task force here.
It will be meeting on November 5, 14 30 and December 14, once each in the districts of Supervisors Carson, Chan, Miley and Valle. (An October 19 meeting was held in Supervisor Haggerty’s district in Fremont). All meetings are open to the public.
Oakland Privacy prepared some recommendations for how to reboot the County’s emergency preparedness training drills that formerly were called Urban Shield. You can read our recommendations below.
OP member Tracy Rosenberg attended the 2018 Urban Shield exposition and some SWAT and CERT training drills and wrote up a report back here.
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