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Spring 2019 ACLU News

Apr 24, 2019
Download the Spring 2019 ACLU of Northern California Newsletter and read about our latest events and initiatives. Read More
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Advocates, Families of People Killed by California Police Claim Victory on Use of Force Legislation

Apr 23, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Senate Public Safety Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 230 with substantial amendments, including an amendment requiring that SB 230’s passage be contingent on the passage of AB 392: The California Act to Save Lives. AB 392 was introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to change California’s use of force standard from the “reasonable” standard... Read More
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California Assembly Privacy Committee Kills Consumer Privacy Bill and Only Hears Tech-Sponsored Bills

Apr 23, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Assembly Privacy Committee will hear only consumer privacy bills promoted by tech companies to weaken the California Consumer Privacy Act. This comes after AB 1760, a bill to strengthen privacy protections authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and sponsored by civil rights organizations and digital privacy advocates was pulled when committee members would not to... Read More
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Ninth Circuit Decision Defeats Trump; CA to Remain a Sanctuary State

Apr 18, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration's attempt to suspend the California law SB 54 that limits local and state law enforcement from acting as deportation agents. The ACLU of California, which supported the law — also known as the California Values Act — applauds the court's decision. Please attribute the following quote to Maria Romani, I... Read More
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ACLU Statement on California Attorney General’s Refusal to Release Police Records Despite Court Ruling

Apr 05, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the state’s top law enforcement official, is refusing to follow the law that he has been sworn to uphold. It has been a week now since a court of appeal in Contra Costa County ruled that law enforcement agencies must release records prior to January 1 under California’s police transparency law. The judges found the legal challenge by police unions to be ... Read More
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Civil Rights Groups Prevail in Lawsuit to Require Secretary of State to Improve Voter Registration Opportunities

Apr 03, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – On Friday, civil rights groups prevailed in their lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla to expand voter registration at agencies in the state that serve people on public assistance and individuals with disabilities. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman ruled (see ruling) Padilla must require voter registration at additional agencies and contractors ... Read More
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ACLU Comment on Letter from Top A.I. Experts Demanding Amazon Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Law Enforcement

Apr 03, 2019
Today, 25 top A.I. researchers called on Amazon to stop selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement. In response, Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, released the following statement: This call by top A.I. experts adds a new and uniquely authoritative voice to the chorus of consumers, shareholders, policymakers, and civil right... Read More
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ACLU Files Complaint with Department of Homeland Security Over Unwarranted Interrogation and Attempted Device Search

Apr 02, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Today the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on behalf of Andreas Gal who, on November 29, 2018, was subjected to interrogation and retaliation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for questioning the unwarranted search of his electronic devices. T... Read More
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Judge Authorizes San Francisco to Release Records in Police Killings and Misconduct cases

Mar 29, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, a judge authorized the release of all records of San Francisco police officers involved in shootings, killings and other serious misconduct, as legally required under SB 1421.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) had gone to court to thwart the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association’s efforts to defy the historic transparency bill by re... Read More
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California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Stronger Consumer Privacy Protections, New Data Shows

Mar 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO – New polling released today shows that Californians from all walks of life and all parts of the state support legislation to strengthen consumer privacy protections. Across race, gender, party, and regional lines, 90% of likely California voters want to require companies to do more to protect their personal information. (Read the polling results.) “California voters clearly want inc... Read More
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ACLU Sues St. Joseph Health for Discrimination Against Transgender Patient

Mar 21, 2019
EUREKA — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP today filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph Health Northern California for denying care to a transgender patient. Filed on behalf of Oliver Knight, the suit argues that withholding medical care from a patient because he is transgender violates California’s Unru... Read More