ACLU: Surveillance state firm used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram feeds to help police track dissidents

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October 13, 2016
New Orleans Times-Picayune    
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"A powerful surveillance program that police used for tracking racially charged protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, relied on special feeds of user data provided by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, according to an ACLU blog post published Tuesday. The companies reportedly provided the data -- often including the locations of users -- to Geofeedia, a Chicago-based company that says it analyzes social media posts to deliver surveillance information to 500 law enforcement agencies. The social media companies sought to restrict Geofeedia's access to the streams of user data in recent weeks after the ACLU discovered them and alerted the companies about looming public exposure." (10/12/16)  

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