Surveillance, San Francisco-Style



Surveillance, San Francisco-Style

by Jim Harper<> on April 6, 2011 * 10 Comments<>

San Francisco's Entertainment Commission<> will soon be considering a jaw-dropping attack on privacy and free assembly. Here are some of the rules the Commission may adopt<> for any gathering of people expected to reach 100 or more:
3. All occupants of the premises shall be ID Scanned (including patrons, promoters, and performers, etc.). ID scanning data shall be maintained on a data storage system for no less than 15 days and shall be made available to local law enforcement upon request.
4. High visibility cameras shall be located at each entrance and exit point of the premises. Said cameras shall maintain a recorded data base for no less than fifteen (15 days) and made available to local law enforcement upon request.

Would you recognize a police state if you lived in one? How about a police city? The First Amendment right to peaceably assemble takes a big step back when your identity data and appearance are captured for law enforcement to use at whim simply because you showed up. (ht:<>)
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About Jim Harper

Jim Harper is the Director of Information Policy Studies at The Cato Institute, the Editor of Web-based privacy think-tank, and the Webmaster of A Poli Sci major at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Jim served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly in his final year at Hastings College of the Law. Prior to becoming a policy analyst and advocate, Jim served as counsel to committees in both the U.S. House and Senate. He avoids genuine life experience by watching lots and lots of reality TV.

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A classic case of the unintended consequences of government regulation -- the Entertainment Commission was created as a result of lobbying by *defenders* of nightlife in San Francisco. "Any gathering of people expected to reach 100 or more" -- sounds like a freedom of assembly issue. I hope the community will be able to stop this unconstitutional fascism, or late-night culture in SF and the city's reputation are going to take a big hit. Whoever came up with this or is supporting it should be marked by civil liberties advocates as "unsafe in any office"! Thanks for posting, Mike.

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