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Daily Dashboard | ACLU: Facebook, Instagram publicly prohibit surveillance of users Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, July 30, 2021




Facebook and Instagram announced Monday updates to its platform policies to "clearly prohibit the use of company data for surveillance," an American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California press release states. The announcement is in response to demands from the ACLU of California, the Center for Media Justice, and Color of Change. "We applaud this first step from Facebook and encourage all technology companies to stand on the side of history that supports human rights and dignity," said Center for Media Justice Founder and Executive Director Malkia Cyril. "When technology companies allow their platforms and devices to be used to conduct mass surveillance of activists and other targeted communities, it chills democratic dissent and gives authoritarianism a license to thrive." Meanwhile, a report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General examined three pilot programs designed to screen the social media accounts of those visiting the U.S., saying there was not a proper amount of criteria put in place to determine how accurate the screenings needed to be and recommended more clearly defined goals in the future.
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