Advocates Struggle to Control Police Use of Surveillance Tech

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

In 2018, Oakland enacted an innovative law giving citizens a voice in police use of surveillance technology. The Electronic Frontier Foundation called it “the new gold standard in community control of police surveillance.” Since then, about 20 other cities have adopted similar laws.

Now, Brian Hofer, one of the architects of Oakland’s law, says it’s not working. Earlier this month, Hofer filed suit against the city and the police department,

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