Arab-Americans join privacy groups in DNC anti-surveillance push

An Arab-American policy organisation in the US has joined with civil liberties and privacy groups to address domestic surveillance policies that target Arab American and American Muslim communities.

Arab American Institute executive director Maya Berry participated on a panel discussion highlighting digital aspects of civil rights and civil liberties priorities on Wednesday during day three of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The discussion involved American Civil Liberties Union president Susan Herman, Centre for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren, and New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice Fellow Michael German.

The session tackled government surveillance programmes and policies, such as the Department of Justice's 2014 guidance that expanded the parameters of an ethnic and religious profiling ban to extend to state and local law enforcement law authorities.

Last month, the group participated in a coalition opposing warrantless mass surveillance and called on legislators to not renew Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.