Surveillance Technology

On June 21, 2016, the Board of Supervisors (“Board”) unanimously approved final adoption of the Surveillance-Technology and Community-Safety Ordinance, which became effective July 21, 2016. This regulation creates the following requirements:

  • County departments with existing surveillance technology as of July 21, 2016 needed to draft a Surveillance Use Policy (“Policy”) for each technology. Each Policy is required to specify the purpose, authorized and prohibited uses, information/data that can be collected, data access, data protection, data retention, public access, third-party data sharing, training, and oversight mechanisms. Ultimately the Board of Supervisors must approve the policy before the department is allowed to continue using the technology.
  • County departments must develop a new Policy before acquiring new surveillance technology under the same rules.
  • Oversight: for all Board-approved policies, departments must develop a new Annual Surveillance Report (ASR) covering each fiscal year to show how the technology was used, and what controls exist to best ensure compliant use.

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