Fact Sheet on Border Searches Of Electronic Devices

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The number of searches of electronic devices while passing through international airports or land border checkpoints is heating up.

This handy fact sheet from ACLU tells you your options and gives you info on how to report what happened to you so civil rights lawyers can have the most up to date information on what’s happening at the border.

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City of Alameda Rejects ALPR Contract With Vigilant

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In the wake of recent revelations that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), after years of trying, had successfully gained enhanced access to Vigilant’s private automated license plate reader database, the City of Alameda cancelled a planned expansion of their Vigilant license plate reader system.

In a dramatic City Council hearing on the evening of February 6, vendor Vigilant flew out VP Brian Shockley from Tennessee, the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) sent a representative and the Alameda Police Chief presented for more than an hour. Privacy advocates from Oakland Privacy, ACLU Norcal and EFF spoke to the Council, along with Alamedans both opposed and in support of the LPR expansion, which would have blanketed every bridge and tunnel entrance or exit to the island. After midnight, the Council decided not to go ahead with the purchase from Vigilant.

They agreed to revise their policy, consider another RFP. protect their sanctuary status and carefully consider surveillance impact going forward.

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Opting Out Of License Plate Scanning

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Update: SB 712 failed to pass the CA State Senate on January 30, 2018

A bill before the CA State Legislature, SB 712, would make it easier to exercise your legal right to opt out of automatic license plate scanning when your vehicle is parked. Californians can already cover their whole car, including the license plate, but are not currently allowed to cover just the license plate itself. Sensitive data can be exposed by geolocation at certain kinds of places including reproductive health clinics, worshipping at mosques, Sikh temples, synagogues or other minority religious institutions, oncolology or cancer treatment center, or purchasing cannabis. License plate readers located outside consulates can profile people who may be undocumented

If you’d like to make it easier to park your car somewhere without a picture of it sent to Homeland Security, use this easy action alert. 

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Inappropriate Actions Alleged by City of Oakland Investigator

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Signatories to the November complaint against Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick for untruthful statements relating to the August 2017 West Oakland ICE raid issued a letter on January 16 asking for City of Oakland investigator Joan Suape to be removed.

Privacy Advisory Commission chair Brian Hofer states that in a January 12 interview with Suape, the investigator asked questions regarding how the family of a 25 year old Oakland resident placed in deportation proceedings, got into the country and attempted to re-establish the discredited charges of human trafficking.

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