The same AI-powered tools empowering those agents to identify, target, track, and spy on immigrants without a warrant are already in the hands of police officers, sherriff’s deputies, and border patrol agents across the country.
And if you’re a US citizen or here legally: you should be downright terrified.
It says our right to privacy “shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” These rights, by law, should extend to undocumented immigrants too.
It was developed by Palantir, the same company that makes the predictive policing software we referred to as worse than psychic detectives in this article.
The document, which contains information about a version of Palantir’s software dating back to 2016, describes a terrifying tool that potentially gives hundreds of thousands of law enforcement agents complete and utter access to citizens‘ lives in a convenient app.
Perhaps most interesting about tools like this sliding under the radar is that they actually work much better at spying on US citizens — especially those with lots of records in the system.