The federal and local governments have long relied on private companies for defense and law enforcement technologies. However, the governments are now expanding beyond past practices. Corporations are now expanding their paid spying performed for government agencies, both in online and offline spying. From a report:
“The … thing that was shocking for me was to understand just how the federal authorizations are allowing Amazon to have such a monopoly over the storage of government information,” says Jacinta Gonzalez, field organizer for immigrant advocacy group Mijente. Along with the National Immigration Project and the Immigrant Defense Project, Mijente funded a new report entitled, Who’s Behind ICE?: The Tech and Data Companies Fueling Deportations. Its findings are based on documents such as contracts, memoranda, and corporate financial reports –which are publicly available but take a lot of digging to decipher.
You can read more in an article by Sean Captain in the FastCompany web site at: http://bit.ly/2PTq5j1.