May 14, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:30pm PDT

National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) (not EFF) will host this event. EFF's Dave Maass will participate.

Investigating Police Surveillance Technology

On May 14, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET, NACOLE will welcome Dave Maas, a previous recipient of NACOLE's Contribution to Oversight Award, to discuss the most common surveillance technologies acquired by police, emerging developments, and practical techniques for investigating abuses of this technology.

The webinar is scheduled for one hour, followed by an optional 30-minute discussion immediately afterward. Only those who attend the live webinar will be able to join the discussion. The webinar will be recorded.


May 14, 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET)


Online, via Cvent


$25 for members
$35 for non-members

Event Requirements:

Register online by May 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM (ET)


Law enforcement in the United States is undergoing a fundamental shift as police and sheriffs not only adopt emerging mass surveillance technologies, but also network them together and enhance their capabilities with artificial intelligence. As policing evolves, so must civilian oversight; watchdog professionals must develop new strategies and techniques to uncover and mitigate the new abuses threats to civil liberties these technologies may facilitate. Indeed, more and more cities are adopting new civilian boards specifically charged with technology oversight.

In this webinar, Electronic Frontier Foundation Director of Investigations Dave Maass revisits presentations he's delivered to NACOLE in years past. In addition to providing a primer on the most common surveillance technologies acquired by police, he will discuss emerging developments. Where previously he warned of drone surveillance, now police are deploying "drone-as-first-responder" programs, where drones respond to every 911 call. Where body-worn cameras were once an accountability mechanism, now they are being fed into real-time video monitoring systems. At the same time, the widespread sharing of data collected by these systems create new threats, as some states may use the technology to prosecute cases involving abortion access and gender-affirming care.

Dave will cover practical techniques for investigating abuses of this technology: what questions to ask, what data and documents you need, and what to look for once you get them. Dave is also eager to hear about situations that oversight boards have encountered and learn what kind of resources would be more helpful in bringing these cases to light.

About the Speaker:

As investigations director, Dave Maass researches and writes about surveillance technology, government transparency, press freedoms, the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration enforcement, prisoner rights, and other digital rights issues. He leads the Atlas of Surveillance project in partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is a Reynolds Scholar in Residence.

More about NACOLE

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is a non-profit organization that works to create a community of support for independent, civilian oversight entities that seek to make their local law enforcement agencies, jails, and prisons more transparent, accountable, and responsive to the communities they serve.

This event is organized not by EFF, but by National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)