(Bloomberg View) -- Silicon Valley tech workers are worried that Palantir Technologies, a company co-founded by Donald Trump adviser Peter Thiel, could end up helping the president-elect crack down on immigrants based on their race, religion or national origin. They should also recognize the role that they -- and the companies they work for -- have played in making such a scenario possible.

This week, the workers staged a protest outside Palantir’s headquarters in Palo Alto. Their demand: that the company, which sells data-mining technology to the government and other customers, prevent the federal government from using the contracted software to create a Muslim database or facilitate mass deportations. Their concerns are focused on two systems: Falcon and the Analytical Framework for Intelligence, both of which the Department of Homeland Security uses to profile individuals -- including such information as social and family relationships, travel histories and addresses.

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