Concerns Surrounding Boston Police Department’s Social Media Tracking

Police Accountability, Racial Justice

Civil libertarians raised alarm bells recently about an online surveillance tool under consideration by the Boston Police Department, warning of a threat to individual privacy rights. That concern has now spreading to civil rights activists who say they fear the impact of social media tracking on young people of color, according to an editorial in the Boston Herald.

“The concern here is that you are compromising individuals’ right to free speech if you’re using what they communicate through social media to target them for law enforcement,” Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, told the Herald.

The Lawyers’ Committee’s concerns surrounding social media tracking have been featured in a series of articles: