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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.