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. 

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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.