LAPD officers are ordered to collect social media data from every person they detain

According to reports, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been ordered to collect social media data from each per...

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  • According to reports, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been ordered to collect social media data from each person they detain.
  • The order includes people who have not even been arrested or charged with any crime
  • According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the action does little to protect privacy and First Amendment rights.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) ordered its officers to collect social media information from all civilians they interview or detain, including people who have not been arrested or charged with any crime, as shown by records that were shared with the newspaper The Guardian.

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According to the news site, the “field interview cards” that the police must fill when questioning civilians on the street reveal that LAPD officers have instructions to collect information regarding Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as other social networks of a civilian, along with basic biographical information, including Social Security number.

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According to an internal memo consulted by The Guardian, it shows that Police Chief Michel Moore told employees that it was critical to collect the data for use in “investigations, arrests and prosecutions,” and warned that officers’ supervisors would review interview cards to make sure social media data was there.

Documents obtained by the nonprofit, the Brennan Center for Justice, have raised concerns about civil liberties and extreme surveillance without justification that would not respect First Amendment rights.

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“There is a real danger that the police will have all this identifying information from social networks at their fingertips,” said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice, noting that the information is most likely stored in a database that could be used for other unknown purposes.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, despite conducting an investigation of other law enforcement agencies in the country, they did not find that another police department requested the information from social media in the same way that the LAPD is doing.

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The Brennan Center for Justice found that in the 2015 LAPD social media user guide, the “department encourages social media monitoring, but has issued little guidance and imposed minimal oversight on officer surveillance on social media platforms. social networks”.

“Like a nickname or alias, a person’s online persona or identity that is used for social media … can be very beneficial to investigations,” former LAPD chief Charlie Beck wrote in the police guide.

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