Legislation that would open California’s gang database to more public scrutiny has advanced in the state Assembly, despite significant opposition from law enforcement.
Local Law Enforcement
Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have expanded their surveillance activities with new technologies and techniques.
You may be in California’s gang database and not even know it
California’s statewide CalGang database, which includes more than 150,000 people, has come under fire for its secrecy, which can ensnare innocent peop
Facebook Reactions are a gift to advertisers and law enforcement alike
Facebook’s new “Reactions” – a thumbs-up, a heart and four faces with expressions ranging from mirth to shock, sadness and anger – are intended to hel
New York police tracked cellphones across East Coast without warrants
The New York Police Department has used controversial cellphone tracking technology over a thousand times since 2008 and appears to have farmed out the devices to law enforcement agencies up and down the East Coast.
Oakland, California, OKs nation’s second permanent privacy committee
Oakland, California’s City Council approved the formation of the Permanent Privacy Advisory Committee to develop policies for surveillance equipment use by city agencies.
Transparency advocate resigns from Seattle police in frustration
Tim Clemans was featured in a recent Reveal story about the challenges confronting law enforcement agencies as they rolled out body camera programs.
California increases scrutiny of cellphone surveillance
Two laws recently signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown mandate more public input and oversight of law enforcement agencies’ purchase and use of cellphone tracking equipment.
East Bay cellphone surveillance plan gets attorney general’s support
The California Department of Justice supports a plan by the Alameda County district attorney and Oakland and Fremont police to obtain controversial cellphone surveillance technology, documents show.
What Oakland, California, residents think about police surveillance
What do you think about when you hear the word “surveillance?” Along with three local artists, we posed that question to residents in Oakland, California, in an experimental art-meets-journalism project.
Chicago and Los Angeles have used ‘dirt box’ surveillance for a decade
Police departments have acquired “dirt boxes” – military surveillance technology that can intercept data, calls and text messages.