The Latest on San Diego's Privacy Advisory Board

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Frank McKenna

This is a "live post" that will be updated with new information as San Diego advances through the process of establishing the new privacy advisory board (PAB). San Diego Privacy is a project of TechLead San Diego, which is working with other community groups in the TRUST SD Coalition to establish and support the new surveillance ordinance and PAB.

If you're interested in working in support of San Diego's new Privacy Advisory Board, head on over to our PAB landing page and submit your email address. We'll get in touch with you!

March 2021: The most recent action on the city's new privacy board was when the ordinance proposing the PAB was unanimously approved by San Diego City Council in November of 2020. 

The labor associations who work for the city have asked to negotiate with the city regarding the ordinances. Once that "meet and confer" with the labor associations has finished, the ordinances could take a variety of paths. One possible path is that they will receive a "second reading" by the City Council, which requires City Council to vote on the ordinances once again.

The city's negotiations with its labor associations always happen in private, and the details of the negotiations' progress are not made public. City Council will receive updates regarding the negotiations in "closed session" city council meetings, where the public cannot attend.

We expect the next step will be, when negotiations are finished, for the City Council to schedule the ordinance to appear for its second reading and corresponding vote. San Diego Privacy will monitor updates from the TRUST SD Coalition and will update this post with any new information.

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