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Record No: CB 118930    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118930
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 8/2/2017
Ordinance No: Ord 125376
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to The City of Seattle's acquisition and use of surveillance technologies; repealing Chapter 14.18 of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC), consisting of Sections 14.18.10, 14.18.20, 14.18.30, and 14.18.40 SMC; and adding a new Chapter 14.18 to the SMC, consisting of Sections 14.18.010, 14.18.020, 14.18.030, 14.18.040, 14.18.050, 14.18.060, 14.18.070, 14.18.080, and 14.18.090.
Sponsors: M. Lorena González
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note v2 (added; 8/10/17), 2. Summary and Fiscal Note, 3. Proposed Amendment 1A (added; 7/31/17), 4. Proposed Amendment 2A (added; 7/31/17), 5. Central Staff Memo, 6. Central Staff Memo 6/28/2017, 7. Central Staff Memo 7/26/2017, 8. Central Staff Memo (revised; added 7/26/17), 9. Proposed Substitute (with track changes; added 7/26/17)), 10. Proposed Substitute (without track changes; added 7/26/17)), 11. Signed Ordinance 125376, 12. Affidavit of Publication

CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to The City of Seattle's acquisition and use of surveillance technologies; repealing Chapter 14.18 of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC), consisting of Sections 14.18.10, 14.18.20, 14.18.30, and 14.18.40 SMC; and adding a new Chapter 14.18 to the SMC, consisting of Sections 14.18.010, 14.18.020, 14.18.030, 14.18.040, 14.18.050, 14.18.060, 14.18.070, 14.18.080, and 14.18.090.
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WHEREAS, in 2013, the Council via Ordinance 124142 created a new chapter in the Seattle Municipal Code, Chapter 14.18, to govern the acquisition and use of surveillance equipment, arising out of concerns about privacy and lack of process for The City of Seattle's (City's) acquisition of surveillance technologies such as drones and the installation of video cameras along Seattle's waterfront and downtown; and
WHEREAS, Chapter 14.18, by being limited to equipment, is inadequate to address new and ever-evolving surveillance technologies and build public trust in government use of those technologies, as was highlighted by public concern in 2016 over the Seattle Police Department's acquisition of the social media monitoring tools Geofeedia and Babel Street; and
WHEREAS, Seattle residents can significantly benefit from carefully considered deployments of surveillance technologies that support the City's responsibility to provide public safety and other services to the public, but such technologies can also create risks to civil liberties related to privacy, freedom of speech or association, or disparate impact on groups through over-surveillance; and
WHEREAS, a publicly transparent and accountable process for the procurement and operation of surveillance technology is fundamental to minimizing the risks posed by such technologies; and
WHEREAS, the City also recognizes the importance of transparent and accountable processes for the City's use of surveillance data, and views the institution o...

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