LAPD social media data collection

September 2021

Thousands of documents obtained by The Brennan Center for Justice reveal the Los Angeles Police Department has long been collecting the social media profiles of anyone and everyone they talk to, raising concerns about privacy and surveillance.

The documents came to light after the LAPD had refused to hand over documents in a records request filed by The Brennan Center and was sued.

Operator: LAPD
Geofeedia, Dataminr
Country: US
Sector: Govt - police
Purpose: Monitor individuals
Technology: Social media monitoring
Issue: Privacy; Surveillance
Opacity: Existence; FOI request block