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.
City Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 2
Oakland City Hall
(14th Street & Broadway)
You can read the proposed policy and recommendations below:
- DAC Privacy and Data Retention Policy – Final DRAFT (PDF)
- DAC Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Recommendations to the City Council that fall outside the written Policy (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 firstname.lastname@example.org || @DanKalb
Abel Guillen District 2 (510) 238-7002 email@example.com || @Abel_Guillen
Lynette Gibson McElhaney District 3 (510) 238-7003 firstname.lastname@example.org || @LynetteGM
Annie Campbell Washington District 4 (510) 238-7004 email@example.com || @annieforoakland
Noel Gallo District 5 (510) 238-7005 firstname.lastname@example.org || @NoelGallo5
Desley Brooks District 6 (510) 238-7006 email@example.com || @desleyb
Larry Reid District 7 (510) 238-7007 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Kaplan At-Large (510) 238-7008 email@example.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:
Could Oakland Become a Leader Against the Surveillance State? by JP Massar & Brian Hofer
Why Pay for a Port Boondoggle? by Oakland Alliance
- 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.
- Law enforcement is not interested in regulating itself. Citizen oversight is a necessity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.