March 13: Oakland DAC Privacy Policy Framework Meeting

City of Oakland “Seeks Public Input” on DAC Privacy Policy Framework

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Thursday, March 13
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave.
Oakland, CA 94602
Directions

As of 3/5/14, this event is not listed on the Oakland city website calendar or the Dimond library website calendar.

How do you envision policy about surveillance in Oakland?

Would you like Oakland to be a Surveillance-Free City?

Think about what you want for Oakland, and bring your ideas to the meeting. Create your own framework.

View the City’s privacy policy framework.

This is the second public comment meeting on the City-Port Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Privacy and Data Retention Policy Framework.

The input received during this meeting will allegedly be incorporated into the draft policy that will be forwarded to the City Council for review.

For questions about the meeting or the draft framework please contact Joe DeVries at (510) 238-3083 or at jdevries@oaklandnet.com
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CounterPunch Op-Ed: Why We Oppose the Oakland Spy Center

Big Brother in the Bay Area

Why We Oppose the Oakland Spy Center

by OAKLAND PRIVACY WORKING GROUP

CounterPunch, February 25, 2014

On March 4, 2014, the Oakland City Council will decide to award a contract that, if approved, will impact your civil rights. The Domain Awareness Center (“DAC”) is a full-time mass surveillance project encompassing the city and Port of Oakland and initially funded by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”).  The Oakland Privacy Working Group opposes this project because city staff and the Oakland Police Department (“OPD”) have proven they can’t be trusted to oversee something this critical; furthermore it won’t solve crime, there is great potential for abuse of civil liberties, and the city cannot afford it.  The city has no data retention and privacy policy or oversight committee for the DAC, which is absurd when one considers the potential harm and past wrongdoing by the city.

The DAC will share live video and data with regional government, law enforcement, and as stated by Port Facilities Security Officer Mike O’Brien at the February 18, 2014 City Council meeting, “there is an expectation by the Feds that we will share information with them.”  Future proposed DAC phases include adding cameras at Oakland Unified School District buildings and throughout Oakland Housing Authority properties, automatic license plate readers, facial recognition software, and social media monitoring.  Strangely, Oakland Police Department (“OPD”) has suggested including planning, business, and property tax databases, which are unrelated to crime fighting.

We are being sold the line that the DAC will help solve Oakland’s crime problem, yet there is no data that proves mass surveillance does so.  And city staff has shown no interest in solving crimes with the DAC.  As stated by the East Bay Express in the Dec. 18, 2013 article “The Real Purpose of Oakland’s Surveillance Center,” While the emails reveal a great deal about the DAC, they are also notable for what they do nottalk about … city staffers do not discuss any studies pertaining to the use of surveillance cameras in combating crime, nor do they discuss how the Domain Awareness System could help OPD with its longstanding problems with solving violent crimes. In more than 3,000 pages of emails, the terms ‘murder,’ ‘homicide,’ ‘assault,’ ‘robbery,’ and ‘theft’ are never mentioned.”

OPD can’t manage its resources and has a poor relationship with the community.  In a February 6, 2014 report by the city auditor, “OPD spent at least $1.87 million on technology that was never used or underused.”  According to OPD’s report to the Public Safety Committee at its September 2013 meeting, the city has over 650 homicide investigations with unexamined evidence, some cases going back seven years.  Alameda County has over 1,900 rape kits that have never been looked at.  In the same September 2013 meeting, OPD stated that it needed $1.2 million to increase staff at its crime lab, an amount that will now be usurped by the DAC’s estimated annual operating costs to the city of $1.6 million.

For 10+ years running, OPD has failed to comply with the Negotiated Settlement Agreement from the infamous Riders trial.  Yet, the City Council is poised to hand over to OPD the most advanced surveillance and tracking tools in history.  In her February 13, 2014 letter to the City Council, ACLU Nor-Cal staff attorney Linda Lye noted that “black people were twice as likely (68%) to be surveilled for ‘no obvious reasons’ than whites” by video surveillance systems.

City staff disregards Oakland’s contracting policies and cannot be trusted to oversee something more critical like our private data.  The work on Phase 1 was completed by SAIC, a contractor found to be in noncompliance with the City’s Nuclear Free Zone Ordinance (“NFZO”).  SAIC defrauded the city of New York on a payroll system contract, agreeing in 2012 to pay $500 million to avoid prosecution.  As revealed by internal city emails, Oakland city staff knew these facts prior to execution of the Phase 1 contract and concealed these facts from the City Council as SAIC received payment.  Unsurprisingly, SAIC overcharged the city on Phase 1.  In 2013 SAIC was exposed and prevented from pursuing the Phase 2 contract.  Noncompliance with the NFZO is also a problem for the staff-selected Phase 2 contractor.

Most importantly, ours is a civil rights movement.  The Bill of Rights codified our civil liberties.  The California Constitution has an express right to privacy.  Long-held legal doctrines such as freedom of speech, the press, and assembly and the requirement of due process and probable cause, form the basis of our civil society.  Many lives have been lost defending these rights.  The result of mass surveillance is a chilling effect upon legal activities, such as meeting in a public plaza or attending a mosque for worship in this post-9/11 world.

Oakland has in the past rejected mass surveillance, in 1997 and 1999.  Council member Henry Chang reflected on his decision to come to the United States, saying, “We came because we don’t want to be watched by Big Brother all the time.”  Council member Ignacio De La Fuente cast his no vote by citing a lack of evidence that cameras are effective in reducing crime and concluding that the program was not “worth the risk of violating people’s privacy rights.”

The DAC won’t reduce crime.  It is a financial boondoggle.  Staff and OPD have proven they cannot be trusted to oversee it.  Most importantly, the DAC will infringe upon our civil liberties.

Special Meeting of the Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting, February 25

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Prepare for the Oakland DAC privacy policy framework meeting.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 25
7:00pm

WHERE:

Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(entrance is on 22nd Street, then go upstairs)
Getting There

If you are an active participant please attend this meeting. We will be discussing and solidifying our overall approach and plan for addressing City Council as one voice.

February 26: Oakland DAC Privacy Policy Framework Meeting

City of Oakland Seeks Public Input on DAC Privacy Policy Framework

Wednesday, February 26
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Oakland City Hall
City Council Chambers
14th & Broadway

How do you envision policy about surveillance in Oakland?

Would you like Oakland to be a Surveillance-Free City?

Think about what you want for Oakland, and bring your ideas to the meeting. Create your own framework!

This is how the city would like to frame the conversation – from an email from Joe DeVries, Assistant to the City Administrator:

This is the first public comment meeting on the City-Port Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Privacy and Data Retention Policy Framework.

Based on testimony received at City Council Meetings and in writing, staff prepared a framework for discussion and public comment. The input received during this and subsequent meetings will be incorporated into the draft policy that will be forwarded to the City Council for review.

View the privacy policy framework.

For questions about the meeting or the draft framework please contact Joe DeVries at (510) 238-3083 or at jdevries@oaklandnet.com

“…the goal of the meeting is to get input from participants about what they think needs to be included in a privacy policy, hear comments on what we have drafted thus far, and answer any clarifying questions about the process. If you have any specific questions between now and Wednesday, feel free to email or call me.”

March against Police Repression in West Oakland: Saturday, February 22

Oakland activists are planning a March against Police Repression in West Oakland:

City politicians plan to bring a federally-integrated surveillance center to Oakland, called the Domain Awareness Center. The soon-to-be implemented DAC aims to watch the entire city. This comes after a year of FBI-led raids on housing projects and more in west Oakland.

When:
Saturday, February 22
3:00pm

Where:
DeFremery Park
1651 Adeline St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Directions

March against Police Repression

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting, February 26

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Organize against the Oakland Domain Awareness Center

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 26
Monthly on the 4th Wednesday
6:30pm – 7:45pm 8:30pm*

*Please note the time change due to the Oakland DAC privacy policy framework meeting.

WHERE:
Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(entrance is on 22nd Street, then go upstairs)
Getting There

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide mass surveillance center.

We will be reporting back after the Oakland DAC privacy policy framework meeting, immediately preceding this meeting.

Please also join us at the March 4th City Council meeting to oppose the DAC.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to: oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

March 4: FLOOD CITY HALL! SINK THE DAC!

FLOOD CITY HALL - SINK THE DAC

WE NEED YOU TO SPEAK OUT!

The tide is starting to turn. Let’s keep up the pressure!

The Oakland City Council will discuss the Domain Awareness Center and the possible contractor with nuclear weapons links, Schneider Electric. They will consider limiting the DAC to the Port only.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:30 pm

Oakland City Hall
City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
14th & Broadway

Facebook Event Page if you’re into that kind of thing.

Documents: 

Sign up to speak:

  • Go to the Speaker Card
  • Select Comm/Council Name: City Council
  • Enter the meeting date: 03-04-14
  • Enter the agenda item number: 14

You can also sign up in person. 

Did you know?: You can sign up for multiple items and consolidate your time. At the meeting, let the clerk know that you want to consolidate your time on the DAC item, and that way you get a couple of extra minutes to speak.

Don’t want to speak? Sign up anyway! If you are there at the meeting, you can cede your time to someone else who has a lot to say.

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