BART must be open about how its spies on its riders…

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Image result for bart surveillanceAn op-ed appeared in the December 12th edition of the East Bay Times, authored by former Oakland City Councilperson Wilson Riles, regarding the surveillance equipment regulation ordinance now being created by the BART Board and its staff in consultation with the ACLU and Oakland Privacy. It begins:

In the aftermath of the election, many have come to understand a powerful surveillance state in the hands of the federal government, especially one that will have a CIA director who believes: “Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed” is a serious danger to the freedoms of all Americans.

Surveillance in the Bay Area must be carefully weighed against our civil liberties, and having data fed into federal databases, to be used to target our Muslim and undocumented neighbors, is something we cannot continue to allow…

Read the whole thing here.

Facebooktwitter

A Letter to the President on Surveillance Tech

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

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 site simulator equipment, and I reference the issues addressed in the attached letter from twelve United States Senators.[1a][1b]  I must immediately point out that even the name of this technology may be disputed, having been referred to even in courts by various “inscrutable euphemisms“, showing from the first step impedance to the proper understanding which is necessary for justice.[1c]

Facebooktwitter

Trump will soon be in charge of our surveillance apparatus – what can we do?

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

dac-dcu_zps50814aaa

Oakland Privacy member and Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission Chair Brian Hofer’s guest essay discussing President-Elect Donald Trump being handed the keys to the surveillance kingdom in this week’s East Bay Express.

Catherine Crump, Professor at UC Berkeley, writes about local control over surveillance technology: Citizens need more say over police surveillance technology.

Facebooktwitter

Yes, We Can

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

surveillance-cameras_zps4f617664Today, ACLU National announced its campaign to #TakeCTRL, by empowering local communities to take back control over their police department’s use of surveillance equipment. You can read about it here.

Locally, our success has helped inspire the national campaign. You can read about successes in the City of Oakland that began with the Domain Awareness Center debate, and Santa Clara County, the first entity in the nation to adopt the model surveillance equipment ordinance created by the ACLU.

To stay up to date on current legislative projects and events, join our newsletter. You can enter your email address on the top right sidebar.

Facebooktwitter