Harrell holds DHS grant vote for privacy policy update

We were informed today that item 4, the legislation that would accept a DHS grant for the Seattle Police Department, which we referred to in our previous post, has been dropped from tomorrow’s Public Safety Committee agenda. Here is the information from Committee Chair Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s office:

“Our office just received an email from SPD at 3:19 pm today, 12/3, requesting additional time to engage in further policy discussions with ACLU and other stakeholders and has requested that the legislation be held from the agenda¬†tomorrow. SPD will reintroduce the legislation for consideration once the policy has been finalized.”

We’re glad to see that SPD is responding to the requirements of Ordinance 124142 and drafting a privacy policy for its proposed acquisition of a Booking Comparison System, a likely future component of facial recognition software the department plans to acquire.

Public Safety Committee to discuss DHS grants, fusion centers, facial recognition

The Seattle City Council committee on Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology will meet this Wednesday, December the 4th at 2:00 p.m. to discuss and possibly vote on several issues including the Seattle Police Department’s involvement in the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Areas Security Initiative. This is a continuation of the involvement by our local law enforcement with DHS “fusion centers” that have been found by the US Congress to be ineffective and without proper oversight.

Please take a close look at how your tax money is being spent, especially given the revelations of massive warrantless surveillance by the federal government and by the military.

Click here for the agenda and details of the items for discussion.