Take the Survey: Comments Needed on the DAC Proposed Privacy Policy

The City of Oakland would like to hear your thoughts on the DAC committee’s proposed privacy policy.

Take the Survey:
DAC Draft Privacy Policy for Public Comment

Here are some talking points for your comments, should you need them:
  1. Strong support for all the “Additional Recommendations.” These will have far more impact than the DAC Policy, which is too narrow in scope.
  2. Specific support for a citywide privacy policy.
  3. Specific support for a standing privacy committee.
  4. Specific support for a surveillance equipment ordinance – this is the big fish.
  5. Specific support for penalties for wrongdoing. There is a lot of push back from DAC staff, which is not surprising.

Thank you very much for your support.

Contact the Public Safety Committee

The proposed Domain Awareness Center (DAC) privacy & data retention policy will be coming before Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee on February 10, 2015. Now is the time to contact the members of the Public Safety Committee to ask that they support the DAC Committee’s recommendations.

If you represent an organization and would like to endorse the recommendations, please use your official letterhead. See the bullet points below, and feel free to use this letter from Media Alliance (PDF) as a template.

If you wish to contact the Public Safety Committee as an individual, please feel free to use this letter as a template (PDF), a modified version of the Media Alliance letter (PDF).  Just add a date and your name/signature. If you know what district you live in, please include that as well. (Find your Council district with the Council District Locator.) Then send it by email or US Mail.

You can read the proposed policy and recommendations below:

Contact the Public Safety Committee:

Desley Brooks, Chair || dbrooks@oaklandnet.com || @desleyb
Noel Gallo || ngallo@oaklandnet.com || @NoelGallo5
Abel Guillén || aguillen@oaklandnet.com || @Abel_Guillen
Dan Kalb || dkalb@oaklandnet.com || @DanKalb

Please also share your letter with us at oaklandprivacy@gmail.com.

DAC Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations to the Oakland City Council

DAC Privacy and Data Retention Policy

  • Limits access to DAC and data only to those with a Need to Know involved in an Allowable Use. Third party data sharing requires Council approval via MOU.
  • Robust Internal and External audits. Robust annual compliance reporting.
  • Disclosure of all data, protocols, sharing agreements, use logs, etc. unless expressly prohibited by law.
  • Statutory damages and misdemeanor charges for violations. Private right of action.
  • No additional retention – data stored on originating equipment.
  • Create privacy officer roles, internal and external to ensure compliance, help audit.

Standing Privacy Committee

  • Advise the City on broad privacy related matters, including oversight of DAC and surveillance equipment.
  • Proposed changes to DAC Policy or DAC would come through committee first, before Council.
  • Draft citywide privacy policy.

Amendments to existing Whistleblower Ordinance

  • Change definition so that “any person” can report abuse, not limited to employees.
  • Add section creating multiple avenues for reporting, not limited to direct supervisor or normal chain of command, and section requiring training.

New Surveillance Equipment Ordinance

  • Informed public debate about any surveillance technology proposal prior to acquisition or pursuing funding.
  • Informed decisions by Council – must consider costs, both fiscal and to civil liberties.
  • Privacy and data retention policies for all equipment before use allowed.
  • Liability for misuse.
  • Ongoing oversight and accountability, including annual auditing and public reporting.

Thank you for your support.

Contact City Council!

Stop the Domain Awareness Center!
Approve the Privacy Policy

If there’s a road near you that needs repair, trash on the street that isn’t being picked up, kids with no after-school programs, libraries suffering from reduced hours and staffing – or any other services you might want the City to provide – you need to speak up!

Call or email your City Council representatives today and tell them:

    • No, no money we don’t have for a surveillance system we don’t want. Defund the DAC!
    • Yes, pass the privacy policy and the committee’s other recommendations, which they worked long and hard on, and which cover existing and future surveillance systems, ensuring our privacy rights.

To get involved send an email inquiry to: oaklandprivacy@gmail.com


A FAQ on the history of the Domain Awareness Center
Background on recent DAC events via Electronic Frontier Foundation
Send a comment to the Oakland City Council on the Privacy Policy


Watch former Oakland City Council member Wilson Riles explain the trap of grant and expectations funding:

Contact City Council

If you live in Oakland you have an At-Large representative (Rebecca Kaplan) and a district representative.
Dan Kalb District 1 (510) 238-7001 dkalb@oaklandnet.com
Abel Guillen District 2 (510) 238-7002 aguillen@oaklandnet.com
Lynette Gibson McElhaney District 3 (510) 238-7003 lmcelhaney@oaklandnet.com
Annie Campbell Washington District 4 (510) 238-7004 acampbell-washington@oaklandnet.com
Noel Gallo District 5 (510) 238-7005 ngallo@oaklandnet.com
Desley Brooks District 6 (510) 238-7006 dbrooks@oaklandnet.com
Larry Reid District 7 (510) 238-7007 lreid@oaklandnet.com
Rebecca Kaplan At-Large (510) 238-7008 atlarge@oaklandnet.com

To find your district use the Council District Locator.

February 15: Domain Awareness Center, Privacy Policy Teach-In

February 15, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OMNI Collective in the ballroom
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
The Oakland Privacy Working Group has been active trying to get the city to adopt a privacy policy which will soon be voted on by the City Council. We wanted to have another teach-in accompanied by a security-state movie, with speakers and discussion afterward. There will probably be some food available, most likely just a few pizzas.
Here are video highlights from the last teach-in on January 18th:

Feb 10: Support the DAC Privacy Policy at the Public Safety Committee

The proposed DAC privacy & data retention policy will be coming before Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee on February 10, 2015.

Meeting Details:
Public Safety Committee
Tuesday, February 10
Oakland City Hall
(14th Street & Broadway)

You can read the proposed policy and recommendations below:

Please contact the Public Safety Committee to share your support for the policy recommendations.

Jan 21: Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

January 21, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly on 3rd Wednesday, forever

Impact Hub
2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

NOTE: For now the OPWG is meeting at the Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, subject to change. When the Omni-Collective gets more sorted out we may decide to shift to that facility at 4799 Shattuck Ave.

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, surveillance systems from facial recognition to license plate readers, Urban Shield and other invasions of privacy by our militarized police and benighted City Government.

Stop by and learn how you can help guard Oakland’s right not to be spied on by the government & if you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to:

oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe AT lists.riseup.net

Jan 18 Workshop: Stop the Spy Center from Encroaching Into Oakland

Stop the Spy Center from Encroaching Into Oakland – A Workshop on the DAC, its Privacy Policy and Surveillance Equipment

January 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

OMNI Collective in the basement
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland,CA 94609

The Domain Awareness Center was constrained last year to the Port of Oakland, and not allowed to come online until a privacy policy was put in place.

The privacy policy has been written, and will come before the City Council beginning on January 27th.

The Privacy Policy Committee and the Oakland Privacy Working Group have been working hard to make sure the privacy policy is very strong and it has become a national model. Now support is needed so that it won’t be watered down by the Council!

The Privacy Policy Committee will also recommend to the City Council that the Privacy Policy for the DAC be extended to Oakland (currently Oakland has no privacy policy), and also that the City Council adopt an “open” surveillance equipment acquisition ordinance.

Come learn more about all of this and how you can help keep privacy alive in Oakland.

Reference: The DAC FAQ