Because of the news that the Donald Trump campaign’s data-management firm used Facebook to acquire personal information from millions of Americans, people are taking a long look at their social media settings. But while online security is important for everyone, internet privacy is even more important for black people.
Federal officials have set in motion a new rule that allows the government to collect social media from all immigrants—including people who are already permanent residents and naturalized citizens.
The Department of Homeland Security has reported that searches of cellphones by border agents increased fivefold in just one year, and despite protections under the Fourth Amendment against unlawful search and seizure, the practice is completely legal.
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking tech companies to help push for surveillance reform in the U.S., warning that there is an added urgency now that newly elected President Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is hostile to the privacy of foreign travelers.