Ex-cop: it’s “bizarre” if we can’t explain to public what our snooping gear does

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For years, Ars has been examining how surveillance technology is used in practice in Oakland, California.

In March 2015, Ars published a feature on license plate readers and what a large LPR dataset, as obtained from the Oakland Police Department, can reveal.

In January 2016, the city codified a Privacy Advisory Commission to "Provide advice and technical assistance to the City of Oakland on best practices to protect citizen privacy rights in...

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