Report 2019-118 Recommendation 38 Responses

Report 2019-118: Automated License Plate Readers: To Better Protect Individuals' Privacy, Law Enforcement Must Increase Its Safeguards for the Data It Collects (Release Date: February 2020)

Recommendation #38 To: Marin County Sheriff's Department

To enable auditing of user access to and user queries of ALPR images, by April 2020, Marin should assess the information its ALPR system captures when users access it to ensure that the system's logs are complete and accurate and that the logs form a reasonable basis for conducting necessary, periodic audits.

60-Day Agency Response

The Marin County Sheriff's Office is already in compliance with this recommendation. Eligible users of the Marin County Sheriff's Office's ALPR system are required to input a case or incident number as well as a legitimate reason for conducting a search in the ALPR data base. In addition, this information is logged and is searchable in the system. However, in response to the final report's recommendation, the Marin County Sheriff's Office reiterated and stressed to all current users the importance of continuing to input the case or incident number and authorized purpose before accessing the ALPR system.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2019-118

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.