An analysis by the Brennan Center of the Department of Homeland Security’s harvesting and use of social media information shows that the agency is expanding collection and monitoring programs, despite scant evidence that such broad-scale surveillance strengthens national security.
The Brennan Center has won a court ruling that allows its lawsuit against the Muslim Ban to proceed.
The three consolidated cases – Zakzok v. Trump, Int’l Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, and Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump – have been brought on behalf of American Muslims separated from family members who are citizens of countries covered by the ban.
Using information from the government contracts database SmartProcure, a Brennan Center analysis and map show more school district purchases of social media monitoring technology, with Texas, Illinois, Florida, and California leading the pack.
New data and analysis from the Brennan Center show that the deadlocked Federal Election Commission has failed to provide guidance to candidates, parties, and others seeking to understand their legal obligations; update regulations to reflect changes in the law; or investigate allegations of serious legal violations.
The Brennan Center has deep expertise on many of the issues at the core of the report, including: presidential power, securing elections from foreign interference, campaign finance laws that govern the influence of money in politics, and more.