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A member of the forensic section of the French gendarmerie (Cellule d'Identification Criminelle, CIC) prepares a small stick to collect DNA in a laboratory of the gendarmerie in Beauvais on November 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

SF Appeals Court Upholds California Law On DNA Collection From Felony Suspects

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld California’s law requiring people arrested for felonies to submit samples of their DNA to police.

03/20/2014

Stingray, by Harris Corporation. (CBS)

Some Bay Area Police Departments Can Wiretap Cellphones, ACLU Says

Several Bay Area police departments have the ability to eavesdrop on cellphone conversations through a special wiretapping device, according to documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Thursday.

03/14/2014

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ICE To Limit Use Of Shackles At San Francisco Immigration Court

A proposed legal settlement calls for federal authorities to limit the use of shackles on immigrants who appear before immigration judges.

01/22/2014

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom give remarks after being sworn in as the 49th Lt. Governor of California at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Newsom Leads Panel To Legalize Pot In California

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said it’s time for California to get serious about legalizing marijuana and that he’s willing to put his political reputation on the line to make it happen.

10/17/2013

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ACLU: Oakland’s Black Youths Arrested At Disproportionate Rates

African American boys are arrested in Oakland more often and for minor offenses compared to other racial groups according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union.

08/28/2013

Police drone. (CBS)

Law Enforcement Officials Make Pitch For Drone Use In Sacramento

California’s State Legislature is taking a closer look at the use of drones with a Tuesday morning hearing in Sacramento.

08/06/2013

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Phil Matier: Oakland City Council Approves Surveillance Center

The decision to accept $2.2 million in federal dollars for the Domain Awareness Center was met with plenty of resistance, as protesters shouted “shame, shame” following the approval.

07/31/2013

Toll lane cameras are seen at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza on September 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Golden Gate Bridge officials announced on Tuesday that it well replace human toll-takers with an all-electronic toll system in February of 2013. When the new system is in place, drivers will be able to use FasTrak toll tags and will also be able to pay through a pay-by-plate account where toll-lane cameras would record license plate numbers and bill the motorist. Special pay stations will also be located along the Highway 101 corridor. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ACLU Says Camera Surveillance Networks Growing With Few Privacy Restrictions

A rapidly growing network of police cameras is capturing, storing and sharing data on license plates, making it possible to stitch together people’s movements whether they are stuck in a commute, making tracks to the beach or up to no good.

07/17/2013

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ACLU Sues San Francisco Police Over Cell Phone Search Without Warrant

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging a search by San Francisco police of an activist’s cellphone without a warrant.

03/20/2013

Police drone. (CBS)

Alameda County Supes Committee Take No Action On Drone Proposal

The committee made no decision on whether the program, proposed by Sheriff Greg Ahern, would move forward.

02/14/2013

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