USA: Immigrants disproportionately subjected to surveillance, raising concerns regarding privacy & discrimination

Author: Sophie Haigney, Pacific Standard, Published on: 9 January 2019

"Not all surveillance is created equal," 7 Jan 2019

To what degree are we willing to forfeit our privacy in order to live in a safe society?... People of color, the poor, and those who are already disenfranchised by the criminal justice system are disproportionately subjected to surveillance. Immigrants, both undocumented and legal, are among those most vulnerable to surveillance... Local police, sheriffs' departments, and federal agencies are adopting more [surveillance] technologies. Some of these are being used at the border as preventative measures against illegal immigration; others might be used to track undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. New tools being used in immigration enforcement include biometric facial recognition technology and StingRay tracking devices... One of the most worrisome technologies that ICE uses is automated license plate readers... The American Civil Liberties Union and privacy advocates argue that the scans, in aggregate, can function as a kind of location tracker. [refers to Vigilant Solutions]

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