A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection must release rules for spying on social media users. The government argued the release would reveal law enforcement techniques that bring criminals to justice. In reviewing the rules, the judge found no revelations of techniques that would help criminals. (Courthouse News Service, September 22, 2021, by Nicolas Iovino)
Civil liberties activists criticized the border patrol for invading traveler and immigrant social media account with could reveals personal information including political and religious beliefs and sexuality and immigration status. A Brennan Center for Justice report also showed that the border patrol were not adequately schooled in discerning security threats. (Just Security, August 1, 2019, by Raya Koreh)
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