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ACLU sues 7 government agencies over social media surveillance

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The American Civil Liberties Union and its Northern California branch filed a lawsuit Thursday against 7 government agencies for concerns over social media surveillance.

Details: The ACLU alleges that the agencies are "investing in technology and systems that enable the programmatic and sustained tracking of U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike," raising concerns about privacy and free speech. The agencies named in the lawsuit include the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security.

State Department finds new funds to recall and pay furloughed workers

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The State Department announced Thursday that it will "take steps to make additional funds available to pay employee salaries" in spite of the ongoing government shutdown, and that as a result, staff are expected to return to work next week.

Details: Employees will be paid for work beginning on Jan. 20 and will receive paychecks on Feb. 14. Staff will not be paid for the first 2 pay periods that passed during the government shutdown, from Dec. 22 to Jan. 19, until the agency is funded. If the shutdown continues, the Department said it will "review balances" to try to allocate funds beyond the current pay period.

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