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Company Response

10 Jan 2020

Author:
Palantir Technologies

Response from Palantir

Allegations of Palantir’s involvement in human rights abuses as suggested by these materials are... fatally compromised by a number of egregious factual misrepresentations, conflations, and distortions... Palantir provides software tools to support data integration, responsible management, and analysis of information sources to which our customers have existing access. We do not provide surveillance or collection tools, we are not a “data mining” company, we are not a data retailer or data broker, and we don’t carry out independent analysis or develop work product on our customers’ behalf... ICE is an umbrella agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and consists of multiple sub-directorates. The sole sub-directorate with whom Palantir works is Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the principal investigative component for DHS at large.

... The recurring claim that Palantir plays an active and sizable role in facilitating human rights abuses hinges in no small part on assertions of ICE’s role in carrying out immigration detentions, deportations, “zero tolerance,” and “family separations.” These claims are, however, repeatedly made without any attempt to situate those various actions within their appropriate federal enforcement divisions... “Zero tolerance” and “Family separation” are specific terms that refer to Border Patrol associated operations. Border Patrol falls within the remit of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a distinct DHS agency with whom Palantir has no contracts or formal relationships under the current administration.

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