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Richmond Police Began Using Body Cameras This Week

The City of Richmond’s police department rolled out new body cameras worn by police officers this week. Most will be equipped by Friday.

01/09/2015

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Free Speech Or Violent Act? Supreme Court To Consider Facebook, Social Media Threats

The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.

12/01/2014

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San Jose Police Hear Residents’ Concerns About Surveillance Drone

Reaction to the San Jose Police Department’s plans to use a drone ranged from outrage and rejection to measured support at a community meeting Wednesday where residents finally got a chance to sound off on the new technology after months of simmering anger about the secretive purchase.

11/13/2014

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BART Crime Reporting App Worries ACLU, Privacy Advocates

A new app from BART is supposed to be a discreet way to report crime on the transit system. But privacy advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union are sounding the alarm.

09/17/2014

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Mountain View-Based Web Filter Company Lifts Block On Gay Sites

A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.

09/16/2014

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Despite Criticism, Los Altos Adopts Controversial License Plate Surveillance Policy

After a year on the beat, a license plate scanner used by Los Altos Police now has a new policy for how long that data can be stored.

08/29/2014

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ACLU Sues To Stop Mandatory Pregnancy Tests In Alameda County Jails

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a lawsuit Monday against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office over a policy requiring all women booked into Alameda County jails who are younger than 60 to submit to a pregnancy test.

06/03/2014

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ACLU Sues Alameda County Sheriff Over Forced Pregnancy Tests Of Women In Custody

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California has filed a lawsuit against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office over a policy that requires every woman in its custody under 60 to take a pregnancy test.

06/02/2014

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

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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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