Sean Captain writes about a report that shows how the government is increasingly outsourcing surveillance to Silicon Valley companies.
While Amazon plays the leading role, the report also details the involvement of companies including Peter Thiel’s Palantir, NEC, and Thomson Reuters in storing, transferring, and analyzing data on both undocumented residents and U.S. citizens.
“There is a transfer of discretion and power from the public sector to the private sector in the form of these contracted technological services,” says Shankar Narayan, director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the ACLU in Washington State, which was not involved in the report.
The future sounds more dystopian every day.
Check It Out: Government is Outsourcing Surveillance to Silicon Valley