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Peskin introduces SF’s first-ever ‘Privacy First Policy’ for November ballot

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin on Tuesday introduced a charter amendment to protect the personal information of residents and visitors from abuse by technology companies. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Voters could decide this November whether to enact San Francisco’s first ever privacy policy to protect the personal information of residents and visitors from abuse by technology companies.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced the “Privacy First Policy” charter amendment Tuesday, which he said is “the first time a city has endeavored to protect its constituents from the misuse and misappropriation of their personal, private information by outside corporations for profit.”

The measure wouldn’t allow The City to issue permits or enter into contracts with any company that doesn’t adhere to the Privacy First Policy, as defined in the measure. And The City itself must also comply.

For example, the measure states that city contractors and those The City allows to use its public spaces “shall collect Personal Information only for those specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes recognized by the City that are integral or directly related to the performance of the businesses’ core function.”

The measure also requires public disclosure of data collection policies and input from communities impacted when crafting those policies.

“With the information technology sector shaping much of our city’s identity… this city has, I think, the responsibility to set ground rules that protect the best interest of the general public,” Peskin said, adding that it “removes the profit motive from the use of personal information.”

The proposal comes in the aftermath of the Facebook data scandal, in which Cambridge Analytica harvested personal data from tens of millions of unsuspecting users that was then used in consultant work connected to the 2016 Trump campaign.

Tuesday was the deadline for board members to introduce charter amendments for the November ballot. It takes six votes by the board to place a charter amendment on the ballot. Peskin’s proposal is co-sponsored by Supervisors Norman Yee, Jane Kim, Jeff Sheehy, Sandra Fewer and Hillary Ronen.

Last week, Supervisor Sandra Fewer also introduced a charter amendment for November to create a Department of Cannabis to replace the existing Office of Cannabis. The Office of Cannabis was established to usher in legal cannabis in the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 64. The charter amendment would also create a nine-member Cannabis Commission to oversee the department, with five commissioners appointed by the Board of Supervisors and four by the mayor.

Under the measure, the department would be established by May 15, 2019 and the appointments to the commission must be made by Feb 1, 2019.

The department and commission would cover all things related to the cannabis industry, including cultivation and sales.

The measure would allow the board or mayor to recommend the commission remove the department’s director and the recommendation would need to be acted on within 30 days.

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