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LexisNexis and I.C.E.: An Examination of LexisNexis’s Human Rights Responsibilities

New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, LexisNexis and I.C.E.: An Examination of LexisNexis’s Human Rights Responsibilities, January 27, 2022. Joe DelGrande. An online annotation by Yulanda Lui, Staff Editor. Today, technology makes the collection, sharing, and analysis of massive amounts of personal data easier than ever before. Identification technologies and personal data are still used to find, surveil, arrest, and expel migrants in countries all over the world, oftentimes with discriminatory intent and effect…Immigrant advocates and other human rights organizations have scrutinized the relationships between I.C.E. and data technology corporations. The partnerships between I.C.E. and the parent and sibling companies of the legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw are particularly relevant for the legal community in the United States.On February 25, 2021, LexisNexis Risk Solutions signed a $22.1 million contract with I.C.E., providing the immigration enforcement agency with access to over 37 billion records of personal data as well as use of their propriety data analysis technology, Accurint. LexisNexis’ sale of data technology to I.C.E. raises questions about the company’s liability for human rights violations stemming from I.C.E.’s use of its technology. This annotation briefly discusses LexisNexis’ data-sharing practices with I.C.E., and how the company contributes to a number of human rights violations through this relationship. This annotation concludes that LexisNexis, under international standards for businesses, has an obligation to (1) sever its relationship with I.C.E.; (2) stop and prevent human rights violations connected to I.C.E.’s use of its services; and (3) provide adequate remediation for any adverse human rights impacts…”

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