Davis California Passes Ordinance Creating Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs

DAVIS, Calif. (April 6, 2018) – Last month, the city of Davis, Calif., passed a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The law will also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state.

The Surveillance Technology Ordinance requires public notice and debate before the city acquires or uses surveillance technology. Specifically, the new law requires all city entities to seek city council approval before purchasing new surveillance technology or equipment, or before accepting funds for that purpose. The approval process for acquiring and using such technology includes completing an impact report and the city council making a determination that the benefits of the technology outweigh the costs. Once approved, the city must develop a use policy for the technology, including robust safeguards for civil liberties and security of information collected.

The ordinance requires that current surveillance technology undergoes a similar public review and approval process.

“This ordinance will surface important questions like ‘who has access to data from surveillance technology,’ so that we can make sound collective decisions for the safety of all people living here in Davis,” ACLU of Northern California …

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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