Research Article: “When Westlaw Fuels ICE Surveillance: Ethics in the Big Data Policing Era”
The following article (preprint) has been accepted or publication in the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change.
When Westlaw Fuels ICE Surveillance: Ethics in the Big Data Policing Era
N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change (Forthcoming) via SSRN
Legal research companies are selling surveillance data and services to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other law enforcement agencies. This article discusses ethical issues that arise when lawyers buy and use legal research services sold by the vendors that build ICE’s surveillance systems. As the legal profession collectively pays millions of dollars for computer assisted legal research services, lawyers should consider whether doing so in the era of big data policing compromises their confidentiality requirements and their obligation to supervise third party vendors.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.