• Lawsuit: California utility targeted Asians in pot searches

    11 days ago - By Bésame

    By DON THOMPSON
    Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A data privacy watchdog's lawsuit says a Northern California utility routinely fed customers' power use information to police so they could target illicit marijuana grows, without requiring a warrant or suspicion of wrongdoing. It says customers of Asian descent were targeted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Sacramento police. A SMUD spokeswoman said Thursday that the utility shares information on specific properties to stop what it believes to be power theft. A police spokesman couldn't comment on a pending lawsuit...
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