Boston police scrap plans for social media combing software

Evans is also looking for feedback from the public on the police department's use of technology

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s police commissioner is backing off plans to purchase high-tech software designed to comb social media for criminal activity.

William Evans on Friday released a statement saying he’s instead asking his team to consider re-drafting the request for proposals to make sure the department acquires the technology needed to meet the needs of the department “while protecting the privacy of the public.”

Evans is also looking for feedback from the public on the police department’s use of technology and how it can be best used to ensure public safety.

Several civil-rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts had urged the city to scrap plan to spend $1.4 million on the software saying they were concerned that it would be used to target minority populations.

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