The Sacramento Police Department’s Vigilant license plate reader system shares geolocation license plate data and photographs of Sacramento residents cars with 792 agencies, including the Post Office, Yellowstone National Park, the Franchise Tax Board, fusion centers in Florida, Ohio, Missouri and Indiana, Georgia Tech University, the University of Delaware, counties/cities across the United States as obscure as Zebulon, NC, Killeen, TX and Greece, NY, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago “Strike Force” and at least three field offices of HSI/ICE.
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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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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.