Tennessee Police Conduct Illegal Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union has won a case against the Memphis Police Department over their illegal surveillance of activists.

Following the ACLU’s successful argument in court, a federal judge ruled yesterday that the Memphis Police Department was in violation of an agreement to stop conducting political surveillance.

The department had violated a 1978 consent decree by setting up a fake Facebook profile in order to conduct surveillance on Black Lives Matter activists and organizers from other civil rights groups.

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Predictive Policing

The Los Angeles Police Department will soon begin using data from data-mining company Palantir that will further target police activity and presence in designated “hot spots.”

The data from Palantir will allow the LAPD to identify “chronic offenders,” and subject them to surveillance.

A report released this week by research and activist organization Stop LAPD Spying Coalition shows that only a very small portion of the LA population bears the heaviest burden of police surveillance.

According to the report, only 2% of residents reported that they were stopped by police 11-30 times or more per week on average, while 76% of respondents said they had never been stopped at all.

The population of Los Angeles is approximately 3.976 million, meaning that roughly 79,520 LA residents are being stopped by the police 11-30 times or more per week while the remaining 3.896 million residents live their lives free of harassment.

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The Zuckerberg Hearings: Day Two

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to the Capitol yesterday for the second part of his congressional hearing on the collection of 87 million users’ data by voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica.

This portion of the hearing took place in the House of Representatives, which turned out to be a significantly less sympathetic audience.

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg faced 55 representatives, each of whom were allotted only four minutes of questioning. But most made excellent use of the short time frame and cut right to the chase.

Some have said that Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing went better for the CEO for the simple reason “that many American lawmakers are illiterate when it comes to 21st century technology.”

The House, it seems, does not share that illiteracy — or at least not to the same degree.

Nor do our country’s representatives seem to have any qualms when it comes to reprimanding and interrupting one of the world’s most influential media moguls, which they did frequently.

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