Oakland Privacy Commission Approves Surveillance Transparency and Oversight Law

"Catherine Crump, the co-director of UC Berkeley's Center for Law and Technology told the commission the new law "has the potential to have a nationwide impact."

According to Crump, Oakland's adoption of the ordinance and its various requirements signals to law enforcement agencies that the secret acquisition and use of surveillance technologies like cell phone trackers, drones, and license plate readers, is a problem, and that the solution is to require public hearings and to allow the public to evaluate the costs and benefits of these technologies before they're deployed."