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February-April 2021

Privacy advocates call for European probe into Palantir

Dutch privacy group SOMI is calling for a wide-ranging investigation into the activities of controversial data analytics firm Palantir across the European Union (EU) and wants to raise awareness about European governments’ collaboration with tech companies from outside the EU on surveillance and profiling technology. The Amsterdam-based Foundation for Market Information Research (Stichting Onderzoek Marktinformatie, or SOMI), is a non-profit organisation that advocates for data privacy and consumer issues in the Netherlands and around Europe. It says it is taking action because neither Palantir nor the multiple European agencies that use its technology have been willing to share any information about its performance. These bodies are known to include Europol, which has used Palantir’s Gotham software to conduct operations analysis in an anti-terrorism taskforce, as well as the French intelligence services, the Danish national police, state police in Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and, possibly, Dutch police. In the UK...

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