H.S.I., which is responsible for fighting transnational criminal organizations that illegally exploit U.S. travel, trade, financial and immigration systems, uses Palantir software for data analysis. Employees of Microsoft, Google and Amazon have all lobbied their companies not to pursue government contracts; the Palantir news may stoke further conversation in Silicon Valley about the ethics of doing such work.
In an emailed statement, Palantir told DealBook:
There are two major divisions of ICE with two distinct mandates: Homeland Security Investigations, or H.S.I., is responsible for cross-border criminal investigations. The other major directorate, Enforcement and Removal Operations, or E.R.O., is responsible for interior civil immigration enforcement, including deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants. We do not work for E.R.O.
Earlier this year, Alex Karp, Palantir’s C.E.O., told Andrew: “We’re proud that we’re working with the U.S. government.”
Lockheed Martin named Kenneth Possenriede as its new C.F.O. (Reuters)
Julie Henderson, currently the chief communications officer at 21st Century Fox, is to join Snap in the same role. (Adweek)
Under Armour ousted two marketing executives after an internal review of their department’s spending. (WSJ)
Amazon has reportedly fired several employees over data leaks related to scams by sellers. (WSJ)
Seven U.K. partners of KPMG have left the company over the past four years because of inappropriate behavior. (FT)
Verizon said that 10,400 employees would leave by the middle of next year as part of a voluntary separation program. (Reuters)
The speed read
• Shareholders in the relatively obscure DVMT tracking stock will decide today whether to accept a reverse merger offer from Dell that will enable the computer maker to go public again. (FT)