Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

The so-called "smart streetlights" were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.Last week, the San Diego city council unanimously passed two privacy ordinances aimed at providing transparency into the use of surveillance tech by police.

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

What is known, is that GE earned 30 million USD from San Diego’s city council to install these cameras and microphones in street lights under the guise of looking at traffic flows and environmental data and has the legal, government granted rights to sell whatever “source data” is gleaned from the surveillance equipment.

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

Police in San Diego have used facial recognition for seven years, collecting over 65,000 face scans in the past three years alone – but the program hasn’t been connected to a single arrest.

Victory: San Diego to Suspend Face Recognition Program, Limits ICE Access To Criminal Justice Data

Victory: San Diego to Suspend Face Recognition Program, Limits ICE Access To Criminal Justice Data

We just stopped one of the largest, longest running, and most controversial face recognition programs operated by local law enforcement in the United States.For more information on San Diego’s face recognition program, read our October 2019 report and letter.

Public, Council Were in the Dark on Police Access to ‘Smart’ Streetlights

Public, Council Were in the Dark on Police Access to ‘Smart’ Streetlights

Lt. Jeffrey Jordon, who works with Police Chief David Nisleit on special projects, confirmed that outside law enforcement agencies have requested access to San Diego’s raw video footage too, but he declined to say which ones and for what purposes.

81 women sue California hospital that put cameras in delivery rooms

81 women sue California hospital that put cameras in delivery rooms

The new suit, which was filed Friday in San Diego County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages at a jury trial for invasion of privacy, unlawful recording of confidential information, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of fiduciary duty involving as many as 1,800 women.

US Government proves again that it has no problem spying on American citizens

US Government proves again that it has no problem spying on American citizens

Over fifty individuals – including eight American citizens – are accusing the US government of violating their privacy rights by tracking them in a secret database compiled and shared between Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and even agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in San Diego.

San Diego’s Smart Streetlights Yield a Firehose of Data

San Diego’s Smart Streetlights Yield a Firehose of Data

This data is only just starting to feed into the way the city designs and manages traffic flows, and any consumer applications remain far in the future, says Erik Caldwell , the city of San Diego’s interim deputy chief operating officer for smart and sustainable communities.

EFF Urges Governor Brown to Sign Sensible California Law Imposing Stricter Requirements for DNA Collection From Minors

EFF Urges Governor Brown to Sign Sensible California Law Imposing Stricter Requirements for DNA Collection From Minors

A.B. 1584 would require law enforcement to obtain a court order, a search warrant, or the written consent of both the minor and their parent, legal guardian, or attorney before collecting DNA.