As part of the emotional upheaval resulting from the 9/11 attacks in the United States, President Bush and Congress utilized the emotions of the American public to advance mass surveillance policy. In discriminatory fashion, a lot of mass surveillance action has been targeted at the Muslim population of the US.
Most recently, in the wakening of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, many Americans have been more aware of mass data and surveillance. For muslims, the most notorious region where surveillance techniques have been almost unfairly applied has been New York. However, promisingly, according to Al-Jazeera, monumental action in New York City has been taken to reduce the discriminatory state of surveillance. Reportedly, “the agreement announced Thursday by [New York City] and the Islamic community calls for the city to pay $75,000 in damages and nearly $1m in legal fees. It also ensures surveillance in New Jersey will follow rules defined in another landmark civil rights case.”
Islam, a religion that preaches humbleness and maturity, values privacy at a high regard. So in many ways, the Muslim community should stay informed about the over-saturated use of mass surveillance, especially if it has discriminatory underpinnings.
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