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EFF Pressure Results in Increased Disclosure of Abuse of California’s Law Enforcement Databases

EFF’s efforts to fix holes in oversight of the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) are paying off. New data and records released by California Department of Justice (CADOJ) show a steep increase in the number of agencies disclosing cases of abuse of the state's network of law enforcement databases—a...

California Department of Justice Agrees to Stop Skirting Open Meeting Rules

The California Department of Justice (CADOJ) is ending its practice of holding meetings in ways that impede the public's ability to meaningfully participate in oversight of the state's sprawling network of police databases. The new reforms, announced in response to EFF advocacy, will allow greater opportunity for Californians to review...

Misuse Rampant, Oversight Lacking at California’s Law Enforcement Network

Confirmed cases of misuse of California’s sprawling unified law enforcement information network have doubled over the last five years, according to records obtained by EFF under the California Public Records Act. That adds up to a total 389 cases between 2010 and 2014 in which an investigation concluded that a...

DMV Photo-Sharing, Facial Recognition Nixed from California Strategic Plan

More than 1,500 Californians over the last two weeks joined EFF in an email campaign to defeat a proposal by an obscure committee within the California Department of Justice that would have compromised the privacy and security of their driver-license photos. As part of its strategic plan, the...

Obscure California Committee Moves to Expand How Police Access and Use DMV Photos

Attention California: the privacy and security of your driver licenses are under threat from a new scheme to massively expand how photo IDs are shared and analyzed by law enforcement agencies. Over the last few months, an obscure panel within the California Department of Justice (DOJ) has been taking steps...
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