Motherboard: CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border

Motherboard: CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border. “Every year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seize tens of thousands of cell phones, laptops, and other devices from travelers at or near the country’s borders, often without charging them with a specific crime. Those seizures give the agency access to massive amounts of highly personal information—data that CBP will now upload to a searchable, agency-wide surveillance database and maintain for up to 75 years, according to a privacy assessment recently published by the agency.”

ProPublica: After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group

ProPublica: After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group. “The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.”

TechCrunch: CBP says it’s ‘unrealistic’ for Americans to avoid its license plate surveillance

TechCrunch: CBP says it’s ‘unrealistic’ for Americans to avoid its license plate surveillance. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection has admitted that there is no practical way for Americans to avoid having their movements tracked by its license plate readers, according to its latest privacy assessment. CBP published its new assessment — three years after its first — to notify the public that it plans to tap into a commercial database, which aggregates license plate data from both private and public sources, as part of its border enforcement efforts.”

The Verge: Google employees ‘refuse to be complicit’ in border agency cloud contract

The Verge: Google employees ‘refuse to be complicit’ in border agency cloud contract. “Google employees are demanding that the company not bid on a cloud computing contract with US Customs and Border Protection in the latest act of protest inside the tech industry.”

ProPublica: Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes

ProPublica: Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes. “Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings.”

CNN: At least 50,000 license plates leaked in hack of border contractor not authorized to retain them

CNN: At least 50,000 license plates leaked in hack of border contractor not authorized to retain them. “At least 50,000 American license plate numbers have been made available on the dark web after a company hired by Customs and Border Protection was at the center of a major data breach, according to CNN analysis of the hacked data. What’s more, the company was never authorized to keep the information, the agency told CNN.”

New York Times: Images of Travelers Stolen in Cyberattack on Border Agency

New York Times: Images of Travelers Stolen in Cyberattack on Border Agency. “Tens of thousands of images of travelers and license plates stored by the Customs and Border Protection agency have been stolen in a cyberattack, officials said Monday, prompting renewed questions about how the federal government secures and shares personal data.”