Saturday, June 11, 2022

Court Orders Sheriff to Stop Helping Federal Authorities Enforce Immigration Law; Marin Sheriff to Curb License Plate Data Sharing

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Court Orders Sheriff to Stop Helping Federal Authorities Enforce Immigration Law:
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office, located in the northwestern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, announced it will no longer help federal authorities track down migrants who are in the country illegally by refusing to provide information to identify individuals through vehicle registration.
The move comes after a court settlement between the sheriff’s office and local civil rights activists.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the settlement:
The settlement resolves a lawsuit that said Sheriff Robert Doyle’s office, since 2014, has shared automated license plate reader photographs and vehicle location data with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, other federal agencies and hundreds of state government offices outside California. The readers, attached to cameras stationed throughout the county, scan every vehicle within range and can record thousands of license plates each day.

The suit cited a 2016 California law, SB34, which prohibits law enforcement agencies in the state from sharing automated license plate information with federal officers or state agencies outside California. While not acknowledging any violations of the law, Doyle’s office agreed to provide the data only to authorized state or local agencies in California and to pay $49,000 to the plaintiffs for their attorneys’ fees and costs.
Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal
Marin sheriff to curb license plate data sharing:
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office will further limit the sharing of data gathered by license plate surveillance cameras as part of a legal settlement.
The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed late last year by three Marin residents aided by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco digital rights organization. The group sued Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle, claiming his office was violating state law by sharing license plate data with federal and out-of-state agencies.
Automated license plate reader (ALPR) cameras photograph drivers’ plate numbers. The images are stored in a searchable database along with the date, time and global positioning system coordinates.
According to the suit, the sheriff’s office has 12 cameras, eight assigned to the patrol division and four to the auto theft division. The information is typically used to find stolen cars, people wanted for crimes or to seek out witnesses and missing persons.
The suit – filed by Cesar Lagleva, Lisa Bennett and Tara Evans – asserted that the sheriff’s office was sharing ALPR information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, 18 other federal agencies and 424 out-of-state law enforcement agencies. --->REAB MORE HERE
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