When Westlaw Fuels Ice Surveillance: Ethics in the Big Data Policing Era

21 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2018

Date Written: August 14, 2018

Abstract

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.

Keywords: surveillance, immigration, legal research, ethics

JEL Classification: K37, K42

Suggested Citation

Lamdan, Sarah, When Westlaw Fuels Ice Surveillance: Ethics in the Big Data Policing Era (August 14, 2018). New York University Review of Law & Social Change, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3231431

Sarah Lamdan (Contact Author)

CUNY School of Law ( email )

2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
7183404563 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.cuny.edu/faculty/directory/lamdan.html

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