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
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 || || @desleyb
Noel Gallo || || @NoelGallo5
Abel Guillén || || @Abel_Guillen
Dan Kalb || || @DanKalb

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

Sign up to Speak:
Speaker Card

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

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:


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
Abel Guillen District 2 (510) 238-7002
Lynette Gibson McElhaney District 3 (510) 238-7003
Annie Campbell Washington District 4 (510) 238-7004
Noel Gallo District 5 (510) 238-7005
Desley Brooks District 6 (510) 238-7006
Larry Reid District 7 (510) 238-7007
Rebecca Kaplan At-Large (510) 238-7008

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

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:

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 || || @desleyb
Noel Gallo || || @NoelGallo5
Abel Guillén || || @Abel_Guillen
Dan Kalb || || @DanKalb

Please also share your letter with us at

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.

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.