CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — Data broker LexisNexis Risk Solutions allegedly violated Illinois law by collecting extensive personal information and selling it to third parties, including federal immigration officials, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by activists.
The result is a “serious threat to civil liberties”, activists and two immigration advocacy groups said. The lawsuit asks a Cook County judge to stop the company from selling personal information without the consent of those involved.
The complaint further alleges that LexisNexis Risk’s product, Acurint, which is sold to law enforcement agencies, contains information that is not publicly available, including arrest records, vehicle collision documents and vehicle license plate databases. Huh.
A representative for LexisNexis Risk Solutions did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the lawsuit was filed.
According to the results of an access request under the Freedom of Information Act, immigration activists have marked the existence of a $22 million contract between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and LexisNexis for that product. They argue that contract workers and immigrants pose a particular threat.
Sejal Zota, legal director of Just Futures Law and an attorney involved in the lawsuit, said the data broker makes it possible for ICE to “instantly access sensitive personal information — all without warrants, subpoenas, privacy safeguards, or any display of reasonableness.” without”.
“Our plaintiffs consider the alleged breach of their privacy inhumane and unacceptable,” it said.
According to the lawsuit, for a woman, information available through Accurint includes her past and current addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and incorrect Social Security numbers. Detailed reports from two other female participants in the case included full Social Security numbers.