In July 2010, the ACLU of Georgia joined more than thirty ACLU affiliates across the country to file a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI. We asked the Atlanta field office of the FBI to turn over reocrds related to the agency's collection and use of race and ethnicity data in local communities. According to a 2008 FBI Operations Guide, FBI agents have the authority to cllect information about and map so-called "ethnic-oriented" businesses, behavioirs, lifestyle characteristics, and cultural traditions in communities with concentrated ethnic populations. The FBI's attempt to collect and map demographic data using race-based criteria for targeting purposes invites unconstitutional racial profiling by law enforcement.
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