top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Nov 24 2015
Alameda County Passes Groundbreaking Privacy Policy
Board Of Supervisors Pass Most Comprehensive Cell Phone Simulator Privacy Policy in U.S.
In an example of collaboration with privacy advocates, on November 17, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a comprehensive privacy policy regulating the county's use of cell phone interceptor equipment (often referred to in the press by “Stingray” or “Hailstorm”) before approving the purchase of an equipment upgrade. The policy requires a warrant before any deployment of the device and periodic audits of use.

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 741 (Hill, S-13-D) into law earlier this year requiring cell phone interceptor technology be subject to public hearings prior to purchase and annual use audits. Alameda's purchase was first presented in October 2015 and was intended to go forward before the new law took effect on January 1, 2016.

Privacy activists from Oakland Privacy Working Group — an ad-hoc citizens group that came together in the City of Oakland in 2013 to engage with municipal government on issues of privacy and surveillance equipment — delayed the vote of approval and, in conjunction with the ACLU of Northern California and the Bay Area Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), met with every member of the Board of Supervisors to insist the upgrade purchase not go forward until a comprehensive privacy policy was drafted, approved by the Board and was in compliance with the new state law.

Read More

Previous Related Indybay Feature: Alameda County DA Wants to Spy on You – Without Any Oversight
12/14/18 Green New Deal Calls for Massive Shift Toward Equitable and Sustainable Economy Environment & Forest Defense | Labor & Workers | Education & Student Activism | San Francisco | U.S. | Government & Elections12/13/18 ACSO Drone Mission Logs Show Exclusive Focus on Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Demonstrators Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | East Bay | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights12/11/18 This Is Why It's Hard to Elect Progressives in Fresno Front Page | Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism | Central Valley | Peninsula | Government & Elections | Afghanistan11/30/18 Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Fight to Protect One of Their Few Remaining Sacred Lands Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | South Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/28/18 Mexican Government Demands Investigation After U.S. Fires Tear Gas At Asylum Seekers Front Page | Peninsula | California | U.S. | International | Americas | Immigrant Rights11/25/18 Following Protests, Pelosi Co-Sponsors Bill to End US Support of Saudi-Led War Front Page | Anti-War | San Francisco | International11/23/18 ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Program Targets Muslims in Alameda County Jails Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | Immigrant Rights11/21/18 Judge Orders Moratorium on Offshore Fracking in Federal Waters Off California Coast Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/18/18 Camp Fire Smoke: A Constant Reminder Lives Are On the Line Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | North Coast | California11/18/18 How Many More Homeless People Will Die This Winter? Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | Media Activism & Independent Media | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/14/18 Celebrating Veterans Day in the Style of Original Armistice Day Front Page | Anti-War | South Bay | International