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City of Alameda to Host Public Forum on Automated License Plate Reader Policy

The Alameda Police Department is holding a public form on automated license plate reader policy on February 3rd.

The Alameda Police Department is holding a public form on automated license plate reader policy on February 3rd.

The Alameda Police Department is planning a public forum on policy for the use of Automated License Plate Readers.

The police department’s request to move a trial of the technology into full production has raised a variety of citizen concerns, as has occurred in communities across the country.

Last October, the police department denied a public records request from Action Alameda News for license plate scan data, saying that records represent intelligence data, and criminal investigatory information, even though the vast majority of drivers whose plates were scanned were not suspected of having committed a crime.

At the time, Linda Lye, Staff Attorney for the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, told Action Alameda News, “ALPR records should be made available to the public under the Public Records Act. This is important information that sheds light on the government’s surveillance practices. It’s possible to disclose the documents in a way that balances transparency and privacy concerns of individual drivers. Privacy is a shield against intrusive government practices. The government should not be using ‘privacy’ to prevent us from learning about the creepy ways it’s invading our privacy.”

Just last month, the Boston Police Department suspended its use of the technology, over privacy concerns.

Now, representatives from the Northern California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union will present alongside the Alameda Police Department and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center at a public form to be held at the main library.

The stated goal of the forum is to help shape departmental policy for use of the technology.

The police department has provided a web page, here, with information that Chief Paul Rolleri would like forum participants to read in advance.

The details of the forum are below:

Public Forum To Discuss Policy For Automated License Plate Readers
Monday, February 3, 2014
6:30 P.M.
Main Library Conference Room
1550 Oak Street

1 comment to City of Alameda to Host Public Forum on Automated License Plate Reader Policy

  • cg

    Did Action Alameda contact the First Amendment Project or the Calif First Amendment Coalition for help with compelling the APD to fulfill your Public Records Request? Maybe they have some ideas.

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