How Secret Should California's Gang Database Be?
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Some 200,000 Californians are on a database that tracks suspected gang members. Police don’t tell them, but prospective employers, landlords or school officials often find out. A new law says the parents or guardians of minor children have to be notified in case there’s a mistake or so they can intervene. Is that enough to protect the rights of people wrongly listed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Also, from Silicon Valley to Venice Beach, women are missing from the top tiers of established tech firms and startups. Twitter—which is about to go public—is a prime example.
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Privacy in the Era of the CalGang Database ()
CalGang is a copyrighted database maintained for law enforcement by a private company. Some 200,000 names are shared by police, sheriffs’ deputies and prosecutors who use allegations of gang association in the investigation of crimes. Last weekend, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 458, which requires that parents or guardians be notified when minor children are listed so they can appeal if they want to.
Women Are Missing from the Top of Tech Firms ()
According to Clair Cain Miller of the New York Times, “Twitter’s financial filing for its Wall Street debut was chock-full of juicy tidbits.” One revelation: there is only one woman among Twitter’s top officials.
Marissa Gluck directs digital strategy for the LA office of Huge Inc., a technology consulting firm.
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