DHS Slapped With Suit Over Media-Monitoring Tools

Law360 (May 31, 2018, 6:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was hit with a suit in D.C. federal court Wednesday for allegedly putting out a call for tools to monitor news coverage and a database to track journalists and media influencers without properly assessing the privacy implications, and for withholding related documents from an advocacy group.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s complaint alleges DHS issued a solicitation for media-monitoring services in early April without conducting and publishing a privacy impact assessment first, which the group said raises concerns because the tools the agency seeks involve collecting and tracking the personal information of individuals in the...

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