- Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is facing a lawsuit for allegedly targeting Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.
- Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and Asian American cannabis industry attorney/SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja.
- The lawsuit noted that the utility would turn over a list of customers who used over a specified threshold amount of energy per month to the Sacramento Police Department.
- The list excluded homes in a predominantly white neighborhood, and was further shortened by a police analyst to homes with Asian-sounding names for further investigation.
- According to the lawsuit, the bulk disclosure “turns its entire customer base into potential leads for police to chase,” liberally disclosing customers’ Social Security, driver’s license and telephone numbers.
Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit accusing the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) of racially profiling Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.
The case was filed Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja, an Asian American cannabis industry attorney and cannabis rights advocate from Sacramento.
Portland man behind series of anti-Asian attacks charged with third bias incident for assault and robbery
- Dylan Kesterson, 34, is now facing a total of 23 charges after it was discovered that authorities had also linked him to a third bias incident in July in Portland, Oregon.
- In addition to being accused of attacking a Japanese father and his 5-year-old daughter on July 2 and assaulting three female victims – one of whom was identified as a Filipino woman – on April 17, Kesterson was accused of robbing, threatening and physically injuring a person in a racially motivated attack on April 9.
- Kesterson was charged with first-degree bias crime, second-degree theft, third-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault for this third incident.
- Kaito Nakajima, a Japanese man studying English in Portland, Oregon, also came forward in July to accuse Kesterson of a bias incident near a Safeway branch at Southwest 10th Avenue and Jefferson Street on June 25.
- “Maybe the F-word, so dirty words, and after that I was slapped, [on] my cheek two times,” Nakajima told KGW8 in July. “My hat was stolen after that and the guy go away, somewhere. He ran off.”
- Kesterson is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 24.
A Portland man linked to two recent anti-Asian attacks is facing another set of charges for a third bias incident that reportedly occurred in April.
Dylan Kesterson, 34, is facing a total of 23 charges after KGW8 learned on Tuesday that he was involved in a bias incident on April 9. Court documents reportedly revealed that he robbed, threatened and physically injured a person in what authorities described as a racially motivated attack.
- A new study that analyzed the experiences of women of color in the U.S. tech industry revealed that Asian and Asian American women reported “many of the worst experiences.”
- Participants of East and South Asian descent expressed feeling like they needed to do “extra work” in order to get the same level of recognition as their white peers and “to be seen as a good team player.”
- Many of the Asian respondents said they feel discriminated against because of their accents and believe they are disproportionately assigned more administrative work.
Asian American women in the U.S. tech industry face more discrimination in the workplace than their white peers, according to a new study.
In the report “Pinning Down the Jellyfish: The Workplace Experiences of Women of Color in Tech,” researchers at the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California looked into the experiences of women of color in the tech industry.