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Sacramento Utility Faces Lawsuit Over Data Sharing with Police

Sept. 22, 2022, 10:09 PM

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is accused of sharing customers’ private information with local law enforcement without a court order, in violation of the California Constitution and state law.

The Asian American Liberation Network claims in a lawsuit that SMUD conducts bulk disclosures of customers’ private data to the Sacramento Police Department in the absence of an ongoing investigation, and that the police department uses the information to target Asian people under a recent city ordinance limiting the amount of cannabis that homeowners may grow.

California law allows disclosure of electricity usage data to law enforcement only when officials have ...