On February 10 the Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted on recommendations that if implemented would protect the right to privacy for the residents of the city. After many long city council meetings in February and March of 2014, a council-appointed citizens’ committee drafted a data retention policy that the Public Safety Committee will look at.
Contra Costa Times has pointed out that many people view Oakland as a dangerous place filled with “guns and gangs.” On top of this it has been clear recently through Ferguson and many other cases that local law enforcement can misuse government resources. It is clear that some surveillance equipment that is being used causes more harm than good. The trust between government and the citizens has been lost.
The goal is that if Oakland can pass these policies other cities will follow. Brian Hofer said:
If the government can implement these new policies, it would help restore the people’s trust in the government.