York County Libertarian Party

York Economic Development Director Kevin Schreiber Eyes 95th District Seat

York City Stands as a Testament to Schreiber’s Failed Policies

Many people in York County probably have no idea who Kevin Schreiber is, or for that matter, what he stands for. Well, you’d better take notice. Schreiber is likely to be the Democratic Party candidate for the upcoming 95th State District special election.

Kevin Schreiber is the city of York’s economic and community development director. As a city resident, I’m very familiar with Schreiber’s policy positions. When it comes to private property rights, he’s an extremist who’s built a large public land bank through his work with the city’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA).

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Community Reacts to York City Police Beating of Young Student

Let’s Call it What It Is – It’s Child Abuse

It’s time. Enough facts are out to create an assessment of this incident. It’s time for the community to engage in dialogue and determine what needs to happen next.

I have a simple question. If a private citizen, along with two other men, locked a child in a room, “restrained her” and then injured her as badly as the police injured that child in the name of “getting her to behave”, wouldn’t there be an investigation into child abuse?

Residents Take to Social Networks to Express Shock

A picture allegedly showing the result of a York City Police officer’s brutal beating of an unarmed, handcuffed and restrained York City student is being circulated on the web.

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YCPD: Policy on License Plate Scanners Coming Soon - What to Expect

How to Ensure the Policy Safeguards Your Privacy Interests

More than a year after the York LP called for a moratorium on the purchase of automatic license plate scanners in the city of York, and two Right-to-Know requests later, public release of a policy governing the use of the devices is imminent, according to York City Police Chief Wes Kahley.

Chief Kahley says the policy was authored in accordance with guidelines from the International Association of Chiefs of Police license plate scanner Privacy Impact Assessment report.

In order to safeguard innocent citizens from the threat of wholesale, retroactive surveillance and location tracking, it’s imperative that a commensurate set of checks and balances be put in place to offset the department’s enhanced surveillance capacities. The following are my suggestions.

Police Want to be able to “Google Search” Your Mobility Patterns

  • Data Retention – How long will the police department be storing information gathered from license plate scanners? Infomation not associated with an on-going criminal investigation should be purged within 14 days.

Information collected by scanners contains significant amounts of data including the time, date and GPS coordinates of each scan. Accumulated data can be collated and data-mined to reveal innocent citizens driving patterns. One Minnesota mayor found that out the hard way. The Department of Homeland Security has directed local police agencies to profile citizens and create ‘individualized threat mosaics’ based on their location patterns.

  • Information Sharing – Will the department be releasing data captured from the scanners to other public and/or private agencies? Information not associated with an on-going criminal investigation must not be shared with other law enforcement or private agencies.

This should be self-explanatory. It’s not always so simple, though. Some license plate scanner vendors function as a third-party data warehouse, storing information from scanners in shared regional spaces and automatically sharing data on innocent citizens driving patterns through an intranet spread among various government agencies by way of fusion centers.

Speaking at a National Institute of Justice conference on license plate scanners, Dale Stockton (head of Operation RoadRunner, a project of the Automated Regional Justice Information System in California) said such a system would be “something akin to a Google search”.

  • Hot Lists – What type of cars will police look for? Will police look for cars with information shared from other departments? Information shared with the department by other public/private agencies, which is not related to on-going criminal investigations, must not be stored and used by the department.

Due to the relative ease of sharing data from license pate scans, and evidence that prolific amounts of sharing occur, we must safeguard against private contractors and other law enforcement agencies sourcing data on innocent citizens and sharing the data with the department. This is a loophole that would allow local police to off-load surveillance to a third party.

The Trap Door

I filed two Right-To-Know requests that were both denied by the city, citing ‘homeland security’ as an exemption. If history is any indicator, be on the lookout for phrases such as “except for public safety” and the like. It’s likely the department will go to any means to maintain its retroactive surveillance capacities intact. Remember, after all, that it’s been over a year and if it weren’t for consistent public pressure the chief would have never even considered drafting a policy, let alone making it public.

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  • Councilman Helfrich Calls for Policy on License Plate Scanners

    Falls Just Short of Homerun Call for Binding Resolution

    One year after the York County Libertarian Party requested a moratorium on the deployment of automatic license plate scanners in York City, efforts to protect the privacy interests of York residents seem to be coming to a head.

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    Letter to the editor: Keep city police from spying on innocent citizens

    Urge council to act now to protect York residents’ privacy interests

    York City Police Chief Wes Kahley recently said his department is ready to deploy license plate scanners. As a privacy activist, I’d like to remind the citizens of York of the potential surveillance impacts inherent with the devices. The scanners allow police to automatically scan upwards of 1,500 plates per minute. Along with a photograph, the devices record the GPS coordinates of each scan.

    In a short amount of time, the devices will allow police to compile a detailed database of innocent citizens’ mobility patterns. The Department of Homeland Security has issued memorandums instructing police agencies to compile individualized predictive mosaics on citizens based on where they travel in a particular geographic area. This information is then compiled in a database and shared with other law enforcement agencies, and sold to private data mining companies.

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