Surveillance Oversight

Stay Tuned for Board Bill 66 Updates

3-28-18 – CAPCR has been in partnership with Privacy Watch STL fighting the the growing St. Louis surveillance hub to police headquarters that feeds street cameras, shot spotters, license plate readers. A bill we support, BB 66, would create oversight by the Board of Alders.

HEADS UP: BB 66 will undergo a name change sometime after mid April when it’s re-introduced in the new Board of Alders’ session.

Follow Privacy Watch STL’s facebook page for updates.

Read BB 66 here.



LAPD Uses Predictive Policing To Monitor Specific People & Neighborhoods

5-11-18 — “That identification process has two stages: an initial screening phase, in which a ‘crime intelligence analyst’ subjectively decides whether the police records, like arrest reports and field interview cards, associated with an individual are ‘relevant’ enough to move them to a ‘workup’ phase. The ‘workup’ involves software provided by Palantir that pulls data on criminal history and affiliations, and from license plate readers and social media networks, and uses it to create a ‘chronic offender score’ for the individual.”

“‘If they don’t get stopped, they stop being on the list,’ said Dennis Kato, an LAPD deputy chief, in an interview with The Intercept. In other words, the only way for someone to get off a chronic offenders list for an area is to not have any interactions with the police — a sort of Catch-22 since the program is intended to flag individuals for increased police attention. And if someone is removed from the list, they aren’t notified. ‘I don’t think it’s an ideal system,’ Kato said. By early 2019, he says, the entire city of Los Angeles will be using the LASER program.”



NSA Triples Collection of Data from US Phone Companies

5-4-18 — In 2015 Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to overhaul how the National Security Agency (NSA) can gain access to domestic telecom data.

This act “ended a once-secret program by which the N.S.A. had systematically collected Americans’ domestic phone logs in bulk — billions of records per day. The program traced back to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and was revealed in 2013 by leaks from Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor, setting off a wide debate over surveillance and privacy.”

Now phone companies hold the bulk records “but the N.S.A. can get copies of all records of a target and everyone with whom a target has been in contact.”

This new system “requires the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to agree that there is ‘reasonable, articulable suspicion’ that the seed target is linked to terrorism.’”

The report “did not disclose the volume of Americans’ communications or metadata gathered by the N.S.A.’s work abroad, where its activities are regulated by Executive Order 12333, not the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and it is permitted to engage in bulk collection.”

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