ICE Sued for Using Surveillance Tactics for Organized Crime to Hunt Activists

ICE Sued for Using Surveillance Tactics for Organized Crime to Hunt Activists

A lawsuit had been filed last week against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by five activists in Vermont who complained that the agency had monitored their activities for years using surveillance techniques typically reserved for disrupting organized crime.

The plaintiffs, who accused ICE of violating their First Amendment rights, said that the agency targeted them for deportation and surveilled their farmworker rights group, Migrant Justice. ICE also allegedly planted an informant in the group, tried to hack into the email accounts of its members, and compiled detailed dossiers on their activities and social circles.

Meanwhile, Privacy International communications officer Sara Nelson said that it has been a practice for governments to outsource their surveillance work to companies, and ICE would not be effective without the backing of companies providing it with data, software and infrastructure.

Source: Fast Company

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