Hella Privacy!


At 3:00 AM on June 3rd, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed the Oakland Alliance endorsed Domain Awareness Center (DAC) privacy policy. It also committed to the Oakland Alliance endorsed idea of establishing a city-wide Privacy Committee, whose first task will be to create a Surveillance Equipment Acquisition Ordinance.

The Privacy Policy was a year's worth of work by the Ad Hoc Privacy Committee, chaired by Brian Hofer, an Oakland Alliance member. Almost two years ago the fight against the DAC, spearheaded by the Oakland Privacy Working Group began, and a year ago the City Council voted to restrict its spying to the Port of Oakland and to not allow it to come online until a Privacy Policy had been created and passed.

A success, but this is only still the beginning of a fight for privacy, both here in Oakland and across the United States.