Information mining firm Palantir’s software was used by a U.S. federal government firm throughout an operation in 2017 in which immigrants crossing the border were detained for deportation, recently released documents( PDF) have revealed, contradicting the $20 billion company’s earlier public statements.
The Migration and Customs Enforcement files, acquired by advocacy company Mijente through Flexibility of Details Act litigation, keeps in mind that representatives of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations utilized Palantir’s software to build profiles of immigrant children and their relative for the prosecution and arrest of any undocumented person they experienced in their investigation.
When an ICE examination agent situated an unaccompanied small, the files expose, they were instructed to log the “arrival in the Investigative Case Management (ICM) system.” ICM is a software platform developed by Palantir for “managing and investigating complicated cases,” according to a description on the company’s website.
The findings of Palantir’s involvement, initially reported by The Intercept, remains in contrast to the Silicon Valley firm’s previous claims. The company told The New york city Times last year that it only works with ICE’s Homeland Security Examinations (HSI) division, which is responsible for cross-border criminal examinations.
” The other significant directorate, Enforcement and Elimination Operations, or E.R.O., is accountable for interior civil immigration enforcement, including deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants. We do not work for E.R.O,” a spokesperson was estimated as saying.
TechCrunch has actually connected to Palantir for additional comment.
Mijente, which had actually separately reported last year that Palantir was amongst the handful of firms dealing with ICE, prompted the Silicon Valley company to drop its agreement with ICE and contacted the company’s investors to not buy a company that “played a crucial role in family separation.”
The findings today even more underscore the large tentacles of billionaire Peter Thiel’s information mining business’s monitoring and reach “Palantir, a software firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California, has a history of federal government contracts including military, intelligence, and law enforcement companies.”
The company was established by Thiel, the PayPal co-creator-turned-investor who is one of President Trump’s the majority of vocal advocates in Silicon Valley. It develops software that assists agents examine huge quantities of personal information– contact number, addresses, financial info, social media profiles– and build profiles for prosecution and arrest, Mijente stated.
And it comes at a time when a growing variety of tech giants are facing backlash from their staff members and other citizens alike over their tech being utilized by the government for questionable objectives