In a new attempt to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from protecting the people of their state, California has decided to cut them off from its online law enforcement network.
The Enforcement and Removal Operations division of ICE had to sign an agreement earlier this year that none of their officers would use particular bits of information that they could see in California databases for immigration enforcement. The ICE division refused to sign the agreement, which resulted in them losing all access to the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS).
CLETS allows all law enforcement agencies to access criminal records, driver’s licenses and other databases with private information.
The California DOJ has cut off ICE deportation officers from access to the state's law enforcement network—after ICE refused to sign an agreement that its officers wouldn't use the system for immigration enforcement operations. https://t.co/2V3VEXVZHZ
— EFF (@EFF) December 19, 2019
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that claims to “defend civil liberties in the digital world,” has been working to get other agencies that have databases in CLETS to disable ICE accounts as well.
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