Camera Registration

The San Fran­cis­co Dis­trict Attorney’s web­site has embed­ded in it a Google form that asks civil­ians in San Fran­cis­co Coun­ty to pro­vide infor­ma­tion about their CCTV cam­era sys­tems. The form asks for first and last name, address, email, phone num­ber, the num­ber of cam­eras, what they see, how the data are stored, and how long you keep the data.

FOIA HORSE asked for the cam­era list and relat­ed infor­ma­tion, then asked all eight oth­er Bay Area Dis­trict Attor­ney offices (Alame­da, Con­tra Cos­ta, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, San­ta Clara, Solano, and Sono­ma Coun­ties) and all nine Bay Area Sher­iff Depart­ments if they had sim­i­lar cam­era reg­is­tra­tion poli­cies. Each of the 17 oth­er agen­cies said they had no respon­sive doc­u­ments. How­ev­er, accord­ing to CrimeRe­ports, a ser­vice that calls itself “the nation’s largest col­lec­tion of law enforce­ment agen­cies com­mit­ted to trans­paren­cy, pub­lic access, and cit­i­zen engage­ment,” the San­ta Clara Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office is a Par­tic­i­pat­ing Agency and has “reg­istered to use CrimeRe­ports Cam­era Reg­is­tra­tion.”

The San­ta Clara Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office is the first agency list­ed on the Par­tic­i­pat­ing Agen­cies page. This does not mesh well with the SCCSO’s response to FOIA HORSE’s pub­lic records request:

In response of sic your request for infor­ma­tion regard­ing cam­era reg­is­tra­tion entered into the CrimeRe­ports web­site. The [San­ta Clara Coun­ty] Sheriff’s Office con­duct­ed a dili­gent and rea­son­able search for respon­sive records but no respon­sive records exist. The CrimeRe­ports Cam­era Reg­is­tra­tion web­site is a pri­vate enti­ty not affil­i­at­ed with the Sheriff’s Office and our depart­ment does not have any con­tracts or poli­cies and pro­ce­dures, or documents relat­ing to reg­is­tra­tion of sur­veil­lance cam­eras into their sys­tem. The CrimeRe­ports web­site is a vol­un­tary reg­is­tra­tion pro­gram between res­i­dents and this pri­vate enti­ty.”

FOIA HORSE reached out to CrimeRe­ports to clar­i­fy, and will update this report as new infor­ma­tion becomes avail­able.

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