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Civil Rights Groups Urge Boston to Abandon Social Media Monitoring Proposal



    Is your privacy at risk from Boston Police monitoring of social media for threats of violence? Sue's guest is Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts - technology and liberty program. (Published Monday, Nov. 28, 2016)

    Several civil-rights groups are urging the city of Boston to withdraw a proposal to spend $1.4 million on high-tech software that would comb social media for criminal activity.

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and 20 other groups sent a letter to Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans on Tuesday saying they're concerned the software would be used to target people of color. The groups say the money would be better spent on other safety programs.

    The mayor's office deferred questions to the police department. Boston Police Lt. Mike McCarthy said the department is still in the review process and no decisions have been made.

    Evans has previously said people of color would not be targeted and that the software could help prevent neighborhood violence and terrorism.

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