Thomson Reuters defends $26 million contracts with ICE

The Intercept is reporting on Thomson Reuters response to Privacy International’s letter to TRI CEO Jim Smith expressing the watchdog group’s “concern” over the company’s involvement with ICE. According to The Intercept article “Thomson Reuters Special Services sells ICE ‘a continuous monitoring and alert service that provides real-time jail booking data to support the identification and location of aliens’ as part of a $6.7 million contract, and West Publishing, another subsidiary, provides ICE’s “Detention Compliance and Removals” office with access to a vast license-plate scanning database, along with agency access to the Consolidated Lead Evaluation and Reporting, or CLEAR, system.” The two contracts together are worth $26 million. The article observes that “the company is ready to defend at lease one of those contracts while remaining silent on the rest.”

Updated: From Privacy International:

We ask again that Thomson Reuters, which calls itself “The Answer Company”, answers the following questions.

  1. Whether any of the company’s or company subsidiaries’ products or services are being or have been used by US authorities to identify families for immigration enforcement purposes, including parents potentially separated from their children.
  2. What human rights impact assessments of the company’s or company subsidiaries’ products or services have been completed, if any?
  3. Whether Thomson Reuters Corporation will commit to not providing products or services to US immigration agencies which may be used to enforce such cruel, arbitrary, and disproportionate measures.
  4. Whether Thomson Reuters Corporation will commit to not providing products or services to agencies worldwide which may be used to enforce cruel, arbitrary, and disproportionate measures.

In addition to the above questions, Privacy International also asks clarification of the following question.

  1. By what framework does Thomson Reuters Corporation ensure that its subsidiaries abide by the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles?

— Joe

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