Los Angeles Controller Urges Focus on Civilian Privacy as City Adopts New Technology

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin Wednesday called on the city to strengthen its approach to civilian privacy amid officials’ increased use of “smart technologies” like drones and surveillance cameras.

In the “Protecting Privacy Makes A Smarter L.A.” report released Wednesday, Galperin notes that the city’s new technology can make the government more efficient but puts individual privacy at risk by collecting and analyzing potentially sensitive information. He cites examples including police department body-worn cameras and license plate reader scans, fire department drones, surveillance cameras and real-time traffic data collection devices.