The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government since they provided no response to a request for more information about the monitoring of immigrants and visa applicants’ social media. The F.B.I. replied they could not “confirm or deny the existence” of the records requested. The D.O.J., Department of Homeland and Security, I.C.E., U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the State Department are named as defendants. ACLU’s lawsuit asserts the Freedom of Information Act was violated.
The federal government announced it would collect, store, and monitor immigrants’ social media handles in May 2017. The ACLU notes in their complaint that this can “lead to the disproportionate targeting of racial and religious minority communities, and those who dissent against government policies,” raising free speech and privacy concerns.
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