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Street-Level Surveillance: ALPR Campaign

EFF and MuckRock have a launched a new public records campaign to reveal how much data law enforcement agencies have collected using automated license plate readers (ALPRs) and are sharing with each other. Follow along with the requests on this page.

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Immigration transparency on ICE, watchers unhappy being watched, and other FOIA stories

Immigration transparency on ICE, watchers unhappy being watched, and other FOIA stories

Want to know how the Trump administration’s border enforcement is going? Be prepared to wait, and to fight, for transparency.

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Governor Jay Inslee vetoes efforts to thwart Washington transparency

Governor Jay Inslee vetoes efforts to thwart Washington transparency

After a court ruled state legislators and senators were subject to Washington’s Public Records Act, elected officials there quickly moved, with no public hearings, to make sure that emails and many other would continued to be kept from public. After an unprecedented backlash, Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed the bill and the legislature has agreed to get more public feedback before any changes are made.

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EFF and MuckRock are filing a thousand public records requests about ALPR data sharing

EFF and MuckRock are filing a thousand public records requests about ALPR data sharing

EFF and MuckRock have a launched a new public records campaign to reveal how much data law enforcement agencies have collected using automated license plate readers and are sharing with each other.

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ICE can't track down order to stop tracking license plates

ICE can’t track down order to stop tracking license plates

Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement posted a call for bids for database access to one of the existing nationwide networks of license plate readers. The next day, the ICE records team responded that they were unable to track down the order that top officials issued last year to scrap a similar proposal amid serious privacy concerns.

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Boston police insist they have no guidelines on cell phone data

Boston police insist they have no guidelines on cell phone data

With a little over ten days left to go in “The Spy in Your Pocket” crowdfunding campaign, here’s a case study in just how little information one department claims to have on its cell phone surveillance practices … and how little it is willing to release.

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ALPR data review request log

Phil Mocek sent this request to the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA