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.