In 2019, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed the Acquisition of Surveillance Technology Ordinance requiring COIT to publish an inventory of all surveillance technologies that are in possession or in use by City departments.

A “Surveillance Technology” is defined as:

  • A software, electronic device, system using an electronic device, or similar device
  • used, designed, or primarily intended to
  • collect, retain, process, or share
  • audio, electronic, visual, location, thermal, biometric, olfactory or similar information
  • specifically associated with, or capable or being associated with, any individual or group

Please note: The Surveillance Ordinance includes 15 separate exemptions for technologies not required to be inventoried. For more details, please refer to the ordinance directly.

Listed below is the current inventory of surveillance technologies by department. As additional technologies are identified, this list will continue to grow.

 

Last updated September 18, 2019.

 

Adult Probation Department 

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Airport

  • Queue Management Technology
  • Media Access Control (MAC) Address
  • App-Based Commercial Transportation Management System
  • ParkAssist Parking Guidance System
  • License Plate Recognition System
  • Location Centric Services
  • Electronic Toll Readers
  • Pre-Security Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras
  • Hootsuite
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)

Arts Commission

  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Hootsuite
  • Meltwater
  • Constant Contact

Asian Art Museum

  • Security Camera System
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Steelhouse
  • AdRoll
  • Mobile Fuse
  • Siriusware
  • Raiser's Edge
  • MailChimp
  • ManageEngine
  • Survey Gizmo
  • Survey Monkey

Assessor-Recorder

  • Security Cameras

Board of Appeals

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Board of Supervisors

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

City Administrator's Office

  • Buffer (311)
  • MailChimp (Committee on Information Technology)
  • Geographic Positioning System (GPS) Tracking and Telematics (Real Estate Department, Media Security Group)
  • Security Camera Systems (Real Estate Department, Media Security Group)

City Attorney's Office

  • Axis Communications
  • MailChimp

City Planning

  • Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs)
  • Time-lapse Camera
  • Microsoft IIS Access Log
  • Meraki WiFi
  • MailChimp
  • GovDelivery
  • Google Web Analytics
  • Accela Citizen Access
  • BuildingEye
  • SFGovTV
  • Voice Recorder
  • Digital Camera

Civil Service Commission

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Child Support Services

  • Sonitrol Visual/Access Readers

Children and Families Commission

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Controller

  • Website subscribers
  • Freshcaller Phone System

Department of Building Inspection

  • Axis Cameras and Companion Software
  • ForcePoint
  • Netwrix Auditor
  • Schneider Electric Data Center Expert
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • Vmware AirWatch

Department of Children, Youth  & Their Families

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Department of Elections

  • Nest Cameras
  • Constant Contact
  • Cooler Email

Department of Emergency Management

  • Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs)
  • Hootsuite
  • Tweetdeck
  • Public Safety Crime Cameras
  • ShotSpotter

Department of the Environment

  • Surveillance Camera and Recording Device

Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing

  • Homeless Shelter Reservation System
  • Security Camera System

Department of Human Resources

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Department of Public Health

  • Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs)

Department of Public Works

  • Aerial Drone
  • Arlo Live Streaming
  • Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs)
  • Geographic Positioning System (GPS) Tracking Device

Department on the Status of Women

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Department of Technology

  • Archive Social
  • Community Safety Cameras
  • Critical Mention
  • Emma
  • Meltwater
  • MS Stream
  • Outdoor Facility Cameras
  • SFGovTV

District Attorney

  • Exempt from compliance to avoid interference with investigative or prosecutorial functions

Ethics Commission

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Health Service System

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Human Rights Commission

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Human Services Agency

  • Meltwater
  • Client Lobby Cameras
  • Homeless Shelter Reservation System

Fine Arts Museums

  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Business Manager
  • MailChimp
  • Flashtalking
  • The Trade Desk
  • Bidtellect
  • Google Adwords
  • Data Studio
  • Optmyzr

Fire Department

  • Drone
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Mounted Cameras on Mobile Command Vehicle
  • 360-Degree Cameras on Department Apparatus (Fire Trucks)
  • Body-Worn Cameras
  • Survey Monkey
  • Critical Mention

Juvenile Probation Department

  • SCRAM CAM
  • Electronic Monitoring Ankle Bracelet
  • FASTRAK Transponders

Law Library

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development

  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Critical Mention

Municipal Transportation Agency

  • Anti-terrorism Analytic Software for Muni Subway
  • California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS)
  • Connected Streets Sensors
  • Data Feeds from stationless bicycle and powered scooter share programs
  • Electronic Taxi Access System (ETAS)
  • Electronic Ticket Information Management System (eTIMS)
  • Genetec Video Management Software
  • License Plate Readers
  • Monthly Parking Cards
  • MuniMobile Ticketing Application
  • Pay-by-Phone Application for SFMTA parking meters
  • Red light cameras and no right-turn cameras
  • Security Cameras inside SFMTA-regulated taxi cabs
  • Social media monitoring software
  • Transit-Only Lane Enforcement (TOLE) cameras
  • Video Analytics for SFMTA passenger vehicles
  • Video Cameras

Police Department

  • Andros Robotics with Camera and Audio
  • Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR)
  • Avatar Robot
  • Body Worn Cameras
  • Cogent Automatic Biometric Identification System (ABIS)
  • Under Vehicle Camera
  • DataWorksPlus Digital Crime Scene System
  • DataWorksPlus Digital Photo Manager System
  • Fiber Optic Camera
  • Geographic Positioning System (GPS) Tracking Device
  • HNT Throw Phone/Camera
  • IP Cameras (Digital Cameras)
  • Irobot
  • Lil Ears Microphone
  • QinetiQ Robotics with Camera and Audio
  • Recon Scout
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Scanner
  • ShotSpotter
  • SWAT Camera
  • Tactical Electronics Fiber Scope
  • Under Door Camera
  • Vertmax Camera
  • Wolstenholme HazProbe
  • Penlink
  • Cellebrite
  • Denon Audio Recorder
  • Creston

Office of Economic and Workforce Development

  • Public Safety Crime Cameras

Port of San Francisco

  • Access Control System
  • Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV)
  • Hootsuite
  • MailChimp
  • Network Fleet Management System
  • Network Server
  • Network Video Recorder
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Public Defender

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Public Library

  • EnvisionWare Internet Management Software
  • Meraki WiFi
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags
  • Security Cameras
  • Sensource People Counters
  • AV/Media Services Unit

Public Utilities Commission

  • anyCOMM SmartCity Node
  • Geographic Positioning System (GPS)
  • License Plant Readers
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Recreation and Park Department

  • Security Cameras
  • License Plate Readers
  • Body Cameras
  • Web Camera
  • Drones (UAV)

Rent Arbitration Board

  • Security Cameras

Retirement System

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

Sheriff

  • Body Worn Cameras
  • Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV)
  • Inmate Phone Call Recording
  • Fiber Optic Camera
  • GPS Tracking Device
  • HNT Throw Phone/Camera
  • Recon Scout

Treasurer-Tax Collector

  • No surveillance technology inventory reported to date

War Memorial

  • Veterans Building Surveillance Camera System