The groundbreaking Oakland Permanent Privacy Advisory Commission is on its way to becoming reality.
The Oakland Privacy Working Group has led the effort to establish the commission, and on December 15, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee approved the ordinance creating the commission. The proposal went to the full City Council, which unanimously adopted it. It will become law after a second reading in the City Council on January 19.
The ordinance will create a nine-member Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission with members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.
The first order of business for the new committee will be to draft a Surveillance Equipment Acquisition Ordinance that will create an open process, with opportunity for public comment, before OPD or other City agencies acquire new surveillance capabilities.
The Commission will be charged with making yearly reports and recommendations to the City Council regarding the City’s use of surveillance equipment, and any proposed or existing surveillance equipment privacy and data retention policies. Finally, the Commission can provide an analysis of pending federal, state or local legislation that may affect privacy, as defined in this ordinance, in Oakland or for Oakland residents.
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For more information, visit the Oakland Privacy Working Group