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You Are Being Followed: Police Social Media Surveillance

We're partnering with LittleSis to launch a crowdfunded, crowdsourced campaign to reveal how police across the country are using social media to monitor people and events.

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Records show FBI provided assistance to local law enforcement at least twice in 2016 to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

Records show FBI provided assistance to local law enforcement at least twice in 2016 to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

In July of 2016, following a series of high-profile police shootings, Black Lives Matter protests erupted in cities all over the country. Some local police departments, ostensibly fearing for the safety of both protestors and officers, reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help in monitoring upcoming demonstrations. According to documents recently obtained by MuckRock, the FBI provided assistance in the form of social media surveillance and on the ground threat monitoring.

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This Week’s FOIA Roundup: Documents show DHS officials’ concern that black activists would join ISIS following Ferguson and 2012 DIA Damage assessments regarding WikiLeaks have been finally released

This Week’s FOIA Roundup: Documents show DHS officials’ concern that black activists would join ISIS following Ferguson and 2012 DIA Damage assessments regarding WikiLeaks have been finally released

In this Week’s FOIA Roundup, documents show the Department of Homeland Security officials’ baseless concern that Black Lives Matter activists would join ISIS following Ferguson protests, Pentagon damage assessments on the 2012 WikiLeaks revelations spurred by Chelsea Manning are finally available after FOIA lawsuit and a public records request from Carbondale, Illinois undermines the mayor’s account of domestic disturbance.

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New York court rules NYPD can’t use Glomar to keep surveillance records secret

New York court rules NYPD can’t use Glomar to keep surveillance records secret

Secretive federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are notorious for refusing to confirm or deny the existence of their records. The issue becomes trickier when local law enforcement agencies, tasked with serving their communities, reply to public records requests in similar fashion. The New York Police Department has used the infamous “Glomar response” in the past to keep records secret, but this week a New York court ruled that the NYPD can’t use it this time.

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Public records shed little light on Chicago Police's bizarre choice of profile picture

Public records shed little light on Chicago Police’s bizarre choice of profile picture

In the summer of 2017, the Chicago Police Department did something on social media that would usually be unremarkable: it changed its profile picture.

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Chicago Police Department can't use blanket "investigatory techniques" exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology

Chicago Police Department can’t use blanket “investigatory techniques” exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology

Chicago Police Department can’t use blanket “investigatory techniques” exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology according to a recent appeal determination by the Illinois Assistant Attorney General.

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