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2017 Bay Area UASI Equipment Requests

From a public records terrorist. License Plate Readers: Novato PD wants $25,388 for two stationary license plate readers Walnut Creek PD wants $109,897 for stationary license plate readers. Contra Costa County Sheriff wants $225,253.19 for mobile and trailer license plate…

Berkeley Law panel on Stingrays

On March 8, 2017 at 12:45pm, panelists Professor Catherine Crump, Steve Trush, and Oakland Privacy member Brian Hofer will speak at the Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association’s “What are Stingrays?”, regarding cell site simulator use by law enforcement. Watch the…

Oakland’s Cell Tower Simulator (Stingray) Policy is the Gold Standard.

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Brian Hofer writes to the Oakland City Council, describing the Cell Phone Tower Simulator (aka Stingray) Use Policy the Oakland Privacy Advisory Committee and the Oakland Police arrived at.  The policy was adopted by the Oakland City Council at their February 7th, 2017, meeting.

 

There is no policy regarding cell site simulators in existence even remotely close to Oakland’s, as to the narrowness of allowable use, oversight, and transparent reporting. Although I was proud of what we accomplished with Alameda County in breaking new ground, the Oakland policy far exceeds all standards at the federal, state, or local level:

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Reining in and Raining on the Surveillance State

Groundbreaking legislation that will put limits upon the local surveillance state is up for consideration in the Bay Area these next few months. With a new administration being handed the vast resource of existing Federal surveillance capabilities, it is more…

Fusing California

The winter edition of Utne Reader features an article by Media Alliance ED and Oakland Privacy member Tracy Rosenberg on California’s network of fusion centers. http://www.utne.com/politics/fusing-california-zm0z16wzsel Welcome to the terrorism database. You’re in it. By Tracy Rosenberg, from Peace Review Winter…

A Letter to the President on Surveillance Tech

By Eric Neville, Oakland Privacy Member. Dear President Obama: I question the legitimacy of using any secret technology in attempt to uphold the law.  As an illustration of the inherent vitiation of the legal process, I offer the Stingray cell…