Pa. Supreme Court considers ACLU request to see Pa. State Police social media monitoring policy


STAKE. BRIAN: THIS IS WHAT THE
PENNSLVANIA AMERICAN CIVIL
LIBERTIES UNION SAYS IT RECEIVED
AFTER FILING A RIGHT-TO-KNOW
REQUEST WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA
STATE POLICE — NINE PAGES OF NOTHING.>>WE GOT A DOCUMENT THAT WAS
ALMOST COMPLETELY REDACTED. IT HAD NO USEFUL INFORMATION
THAT THE BE SEEN IN THE RECORD
THAT THEY GAVE US. BRIAN: THE ACLU HAD ASKED FOR
THE PSP’S SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
FOR MONITORING WHAT
PENNSYLVANIANS ARE POSTING
ONLINE.>>THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW IF
THERE ARE LIMITATIONS ON THE
STATE POLICE MONITORING FIRST
AMENDMENT-PROTECTED ACTIVITY,
LIKE FREEZE EACH AND THE FREEDOM
OF RELIGION. BRIAN: THE ATTORNEY FOR THE
STATE POLICE REFUSED COMMENT ON
CAMERA, BUT ARGUED BEFORE THE
SURPREME COURT, ARGUED THAT
RELEASING THAT POLICY COULD
JEOPARDIZE PUBLIC SAFETY AND CURRENT INVESTIGATIONS. THE ACLU SAYS THIS CASE IS
NEARLY IDENTICAL TO A CASE
INVOLVING BOSTON POLICE.>>THEY WERE MONITORING FIRST
AMENDMENT ACTIVITY, AND WHEN
THAT BECAME PUBLIC, BACKLASH WAS
SO CIVIC AND THAT THEY STOPPED
DOING THE TRACKING. BRIAN: THE SUPREME COURT
JUSTICES CHALLENGED AND
QUESTIONED ATTORNEYS ON BOTH
SIDES, THAT NO CLEAR INDICATION
WHICH WAY THEY ARE LEANING.

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