Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting: Wednesday, September 2

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:
Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, and other invasions of privacy by our benighted City Government, to support privacy ordinances now being considered by the Oakland City Council emerging from the effort to fight the DAC, oppose Urban Shield, fight against Predictive Policing, Stingray and help in other fights to preserve and restore our privacy around the Bay Area, in California and nationwide.

OPWG was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network, and its members helped draft the Privacy Policy that puts further restrictions on the now Port-restricted DAC.

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

For more information on the DAC check out

June 2: ALL OUT for the Oakland City Council Meeting

The proposed DAC privacy & data retention policy will be coming before Oakland City Council on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Please come out to support. Bring your friends. Bring your family. We need lots of support.

Meeting Details:
City Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 2
6:30pm
Oakland City Hall
(14th Street & Broadway)

You can read the proposed policy and recommendations below:

City documents:

1. View Report.pdf
2. View Supplemental.pdf
3. View Supplemental Report.pdf
4. View Supplemental Report.pdf
5. View Supplemental Report.pdf

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 || @DanKalb
Abel Guillen District 2 (510) 238-7002 aguillen@oaklandnet.com || @Abel_Guillen
Lynette Gibson McElhaney District 3 (510) 238-7003 lmcelhaney@oaklandnet.com || @LynetteGM
Annie Campbell Washington District 4 (510) 238-7004 acampbell-washington@oaklandnet.com || @annieforoakland
Noel Gallo District 5 (510) 238-7005 ngallo@oaklandnet.com || @NoelGallo5
Desley Brooks District 6 (510) 238-7006 dbrooks@oaklandnet.com || @desleyb
Larry Reid District 7 (510) 238-7007 lreid@oaklandnet.com
Rebecca Kaplan At-Large (510) 238-7008 atlarge@oaklandnet.com || @Kaplan4Oakland

DAC Agenda Item: 20

You can also sign up for other items and consolidate time. #DAC = 20, #SaveE12th = 17, #FBI – OPD Joint Workspace = 22. 

Sign up to Speak:
Speaker Card

Files:
14-0475
14-1033
14-0479

Read:
Could Oakland Become a Leader Against the Surveillance State? by JP Massar & Brian Hofer
Why Pay for a Port Boondoggle? by Oakland Alliance


Talking Points:

  1. The City needs to change the process whereby it considers purchasing surveillance equipment. We need to discuss and address the impact the privacy and civil liberties, cost, and appropriate uses before applying for funding or purchasing equipment.
    a. The Standing Privacy Committee and Surveillance Equipment Ordinance help us achieve this goal.
  2. Law enforcement is not interested in regulating itself. Citizen oversight is a necessity.
  3. Specified allowable uses prevent mission creep. Purpose specification should be the foundation of all use – collect only the data needed to achieve the goal, and retain the data for only as long as necessary to complete the task.
    a. Build in safeguards to ensure that no more data is collected than needed, and that it is retained for no longer than necessary.
  4. Use policies must be enforceable or they will be ignored. Cities often fail to act, or prevent wrongful acts, for many reasons, including lack of financial resources and staff time or capability.
  5. Penalties are necessary – they are both a deterrent to future bad behavior, and a remedy for wrongful actions.  Laws without consequences don’t mean much.
  6. Surveillance technology is changing rapidly. A citywide privacy policy will establish principles that can then be used as a guide to define allowable uses for various systems, creating consistency.
  7. A Privacy Committee will be able to keep abreast of the latest court cases and legal decisions.  For instance, the 2nd District Court just ruled that collection of “metadata” en-masse was illegal.  A number of cases are moving through the courts.
  8. Oakland has the opportunity to lead.  We saw what happened when Oakland led with a minimum wage increase – $12.25/hr has become a baseline.  We can do the same with privacy standards and civil liberties protections, and the City Council can lead the way.
  9. The Ad Hoc Privacy Committee has worked long and hard, done its due diligence and come up with well thought out recommendations.  This will demonstrate that citizens, staff and the City Council can work together, listening to one another, in creating laws in Oakland’s best interests.

May 12: All out for the Public Safety Committee Meeting

The proposed DAC privacy & data retention policy will be coming before Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee on May 12, 2015.

Please come out to support. Bring your friends. Bring your family. We need lots of support.

Meeting Details:
Public Safety Committee
Tuesday, May 12
6:00pm
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.

Public Safety Committee members:
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

Agenda Items:
14-0475 (#7)
14-0479 (#7 Part 2)

Sign up to Speak:
Speaker Card

Read:
Could Oakland Become a Leader Against the Surveillance State? by JP Massar & Brian Hofer
Why Pay for a Port Boondoggle? by Oakland Alliance


Talking Points:

  1. The City needs to change the process whereby it considers purchasing surveillance equipment. We need to discuss and address the impact the privacy and civil liberties, cost, and appropriate uses before applying for funding or purchasing equipment.
    a. The Standing Privacy Committee and Surveillance Equipment Ordinance help us achieve this goal.
  2. Law enforcement is not interested in regulating itself. Citizen oversight is a necessity.
  3. Specified allowable uses prevent mission creep. Purpose specification should be the foundation of all use – collect only the data needed to achieve the goal, and retain the data for only as long as necessary to complete the task.
    a. Build in safeguards to ensure that no more data is collected than needed, and that it is retained for no longer than necessary.
  4. Use policies must be enforceable or they will be ignored. Cities often fail to act, or prevent wrongful acts, for many reasons, including lack of financial resources and staff time or capability.
  5. Penalties are necessary – they are both a deterrent to future bad behavior, and a remedy for wrongful actions.  Laws without consequences don’t mean much.
  6. Surveillance technology is changing rapidly. A Citywide privacy policy will establish principles that can then be used as a guide to define allowable uses for various systems, creating consistency.
  7. A Privacy Committee will be able to keep abreast of the latest court cases and legal decisions.  For instance, the 2nd District Court just ruled that collection of “metadata” en-masse was illegal.  A number of cases are moving through the courts.
  8. Oakland has the opportunity to lead.  We saw what happened when Oakland led with a minimum wage increase – $12.25/hr has become a baseline.  We can do the same with privacy standards and civil liberties protections, and the City Council can lead the way.
  9. The Ad Hoc Privacy Committee has worked long and hard, done its due diligence and come up with well thought out recommendations.  This will demonstrate that citizens, staff and the City Council can work together, listening to one another, in creating laws in Oakland’s best interests.

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting – Wednesday, April 22

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Impact Hub, upstairs
2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, and other invasions of privacy by our 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

For more information on the DAC check out

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

Resources

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

Video

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.

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.

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

WHEN:
February 15, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
WHERE:
OMNI Collective in the ballroom
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
WHAT:
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: