California Committee Passes Bill to Require Local Approval Before Police Can Obtain Surveillance Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 2, 2017) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) prefiled Senate Bill 21 (SB21) on Dec. 6.The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to get advance approval from their local governing body during a public meeting before acquiring new surveillance technology. The bill would also require police to develop a use policy for all existing surveillance technology, as well as any acquired in the future. The policy would have to “ensure that the collection, use, maintenance, sharing, and dissemination of information or data collected with surveillance ...

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