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Privacy Advisory Commissions

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Did you know that, on June 2, 2015, the Oakland City Council established the first municipal Privacy Commission in the United States?

What is a privacy advisory commission? What types of privacy issues does it address? Who does it advise? How does it work? Should Portland have one?

These are some of the questions we'll explore this month as the City of Portland looks to rethink surveillance.

Brian Hofer, Executive Director of Secure Justice and Chair of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, will join us to talk about his work on Oakland's commission and how that agency came into being. He'll also talk about how such an advisory body might work here in Portland.

This is a great opportunity to learn about potential privacy-related happenings in Portland and how you can get involved. Bring your questions and join the discussion. We hope to see you there!

Speaker bio:

Brian Hofer is Executive Director of Secure Justice and Chair of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission. He was instrumental in the formation of an ad-hoc citizen committee to start drafting privacy policies for the City of Oakland and successfully fought for a permanent committee tasked with oversight of surveillance equipment. That committee is now the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission.

Brian also successfully introduced ordinances throughout the greater Bay Area at both the county and city level to implement significant surveillance equipment reforms, advised on and advocated for state legislation impacting the right to privacy and surveillance oversight, and coordinated with and advised groups around the country on how to implement reforms through legislation and policy writing. He is presently consulting with various cities across the country regarding citizen oversight and participation pertaining to surveillance equipment and data sharing, Smart City regulations, and various “sanctuary” supporting legislative projects.

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