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Is this mysterious company taking police surveillance too far?

Doc Thompson

What's happening?

New technology is making it possible for police officers to get more and more information in real time.

A software company has created an alert system that lets officers sign up to get notifications so detailed that they can know when a certain car drives into a particular neighborhood.

How are police able to do that?

Software firm Palantir has been helping Los Angeles police with surveillance. The Silicon Valley-based company can analyze data including license plate photos, traffic tickets and far more.

According to a recent study, the Palantir system also scoops up people who haven’t broken the law while trying to monitor criminal activity. Being in a minor traffic accident with a gang member or having a romantic relationship with a person of interest also puts you in the system.

Sociology professor Sarah Brayne conducted more than 100 interviews while researching how Palantir technology is used by the Los Angeles Police Department, publishing her findings in American Sociological Review. Palantir has worked with the CIA, the FBI and police departments in California and New York, staying quiet about how many clients it has altogether.

Kal Elsebai and Jeffy Fisher discussed the frightening new levels of police surveillance on “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”

"We all want to be safe," Jeffy said. "But at what cost?"

"You're giving up privacy and giving up personal liberties and freedoms in the name of safety," Kal added.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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