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COVID-19 Resources for Police and Communities

NYU School of Law Policing Project

Two sets of guidance addressing law enforcement’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These documents follow early reports from New York and other cities that raised concerns of uneven, sometimes discriminatory enforcement, and confusion about how to reach isolated and vulnerable groups. Vetted with community organizers, academic experts, and law enforcement officials, this COVID-19 guidance compiles best practices for state, municipal, and policing leaders as they navigate this ongoing public health emergency.

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Racial Disparities in NYPD’s COVID-19 Policing: Unequal Enforcement of 311 Social Distancing Calls

The Legal Aid Society

To better understand the disproportionate impacts of the NYPD’s COVID-19 related enforcement, the Legal Aid Society analyzed social distancing complaints made through 311 between March 28 and May 12, COVID-19 related summonses reported by the NYPD between March 16 and May 5, and internally-tracked COVID-19 related arrests that took place between March 27 and May 2.

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Who’s Behind ICE? The Tech Companies Fueling Deportations


Technology companies are working with ICE to increase arrests, detentions, and deportations. Mijente, Immigrant Defense Project, and National Immigration Project worked with Empower LLC to create this report exposing how tech is fueling the current deportation crisis. Learn more and join us to demand #notechforICE

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The War Against Immigrants: Trumps Tech Tools Powered by Palantir


This report delves into great detail about these lucrative contracts and the web of insider connections bankrolling Palantir, in particular, the private data firm at the center of ICE operations. This is a disturbing reality that has largely evaded public scrutiny until now.

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Data for Black Lives COVID-19: Movement Pulse Check and Roundtable Report

Data 4 Black Lives

From an April 2020 convening to hear from Black public health experts who have been leading research and Black organizers leading efforts to change the conditions that make Black communities vulnerable everyday and especially in the COVID-19 crisis. In an effort to learn how to better organize, mobilize and coordinate on behalf of Black communities nationwide and worldwide, this report highlights the work of D4BL Hub Leaders, partner organizations and policymakers. This report contains a review of the content of the event and an outline of D4BL demands associated with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Policing Technology Will Not Solve the Pandemic

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

An article by Stop LAPD Spying and Coalition and Free Radicals on the dangers of PredPol, a predictive policing technology, and its context in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Beware: Bluetooth Ahead – The Civil Rights & Privacy Dangers of Deploying Bluetooth to Track COVID-19 Exposure

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Inc. at the Urban Justice Center

In the fight against COVID-19, one of our most powerful weapons is manual contact-tracing, the time-consuming process of interviewing patients to find who they might have exposed to the virus. Alarmingly, new technological alternatives to manual contact tracing threaten to distract from these public health efforts, creating products that likely won’t improve public health, but which will pose an existential threat to the public’s privacy. If Apple and Google’s Bluetooth method goes forward, it’s also clear that existing legal protections are insufficient. Under existing laws, the use of Bluetooth proximity detection will just become another deeply invasive tool in federal, state, and local governments’ arsenal of surveillance technology.

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Excluded in the Epicenter: Impacts of the COVID Crisis on Working Class Immigrant, Black, and Brown New Yorkers

Make the Road New York

This report examines in detail the experience of working-class immigrant, Black and Brown New Yorkers during this crisis. Based on a survey of 244 primarily Latinx immigrants across New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, one third of whom are undocumented, it provides striking findings related to the pandemic’s toll on community members’ health, income and work, housing insecurity, and education.

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Privacy Audit & Assessment of ShotSpotter, Inc.’s Gunshot Detection Technology

NYU School of Law Policing Project

In response to concerns over the potential privacy implications of its gunshot detection technology, ShotSpotter Technologies, Inc. (SST) approached the Policing Project to conduct a thorough personal privacy assessment of its product, ShotSpotter. The primary privacy concern identified was the possibility that the technology might capture voices of individuals near its sensors, and could conceivably be used for targeted voice surveillance. Although ultimately concluding that the risk of voice surveillance was extremely low in practice, Policing Project offered SST a variety of recommendations on how to make ShotSpotter even more privacy protective.

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