Scenic San Diego Letter in Opposition: IKE Collects and Shares/Sells Kiosk Users’ Personal Information
Additional information in your agenda packet continues to leave unanswered, and intentionally obfuscate, important reasons you should reject this drastic departure from years of national leadership in limiting outdoor advertising sign proliferation in our beautiful city of San Diego.
IKE Collects and Shares/Sells Kiosk Users’ Personal Information with “Third Party Partners”
Scenic San Diego has entered into the record for this meeting images from IKE’s digital ad kiosks in Berkeley, CA. These screen shots of IKE’s many disclosures and disclaimers about its data gathering technology establish that IKE Kiosks capture user information and transfer it to its Third Party Partners.
Neither Mayor Todd Gloria’s July 7, 2023 Memo to the Honorable Council President Pro-Tern Monica Montgomery Steppe, nor the IKE Final Agreement Revised June 28, 2023, preclude the data gathering and transfer disclosed on IKE’s kiosks in Berkeley. Your agenda documents state the IKE agreement does not violate the TRUST ordinance. This promises nothing regarding IKE’s business practice of gathering users’ personal information and sharing it with and selling it to Third Party Partners, as it admits it does in Berkeley.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Scenic America and Scenic San Diego June 7, 2023. Download this press release (pdf).
JUNE 7, 2023, WASHINGTON, SAN DIEGO - We are disappointed and disheartened at the San Diego City Council’s 7:1 vote to approve up to 75 new digital advertising kiosks in downtown San Diego yesterday. Labeled “wayfinding kiosks” by supporters, these sidewalk billboards will add visual blight, distraction, and confusion to our scenic community beginning in three years.
Not to mention, this program is counter to San Diego’s longstanding outdoor advertising laws, which have kept our community nearly free of such visual pollution for four decades.
San Diego was the first to take a case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, establishing its legal authority to limit outdoor advertising clutter in the 1981 case Metromedia v. San Diego. The city then became a nationwide leader when it froze the number of billboards at those existing in 1983.
By approving these kiosks, the City Council has opened the door for advertising companies to file for similar exemptions. It cannot be overstated that the Council’s ruling could devastate the scenic character of our community.
Scenic San Diego is an all-volunteer coalition of concerned citizens and organizations who favor strong sign ordinances and oppose billboards and other advertising sign proliferation.