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DHS, ICE Use of Social Media Trackers Targeted in Records Suit

Aug. 18, 2022, 8:30 PM

A think tank is suing the US Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in pursuit of records related to their use of private sector social media monitoring tools.

The agencies track social media activity to conduct investigations, identify potential threats, and screen travelers and immigrants, said the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s Law School. But there’s limited transparency into government contracts with third-party vendors that support these efforts, according to its Thursday complaint in New York federal court.

Social media monitoring endangers people’s privacy and civil liberties, with particular concern for the potential targeting ...