No Surprise: Big Brother Monitoring Social Network Sites
October 17, 2010 10:48 PM
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(Source: Earth Hope Network)
(Source: NY Times)
U.S. Federal agents encouraged to "friend" unsuspecting residents.
Big Brother recently made headlines for
tracking a U.S. citizen
, by placing a
into his vehicle. Now, a privacy watchdog group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation
has uncovered documents indicating that U.S. government agencies are
monitoring social networking sites
and tracking public communication online.
The EFF found that the
Homeland Security Department
monitored public online communication during the period of President Obama's inauguration. In addition, the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
, a unit of Homeland Security, is currently conducting an online effort that actively encourages agents to "friend" residents that they suspect may be involved in fraud.
Once a user posts online, government agencies create a public record and timeline of their activities according to
(PDF) from the Department of Homeland Security stated that the agency is relying on people's "
" -- citing their need to amass a large group of friends by accepting friend requests from people that they don't know.
"This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS (Office of Fraud Detection and National Security) to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities," the memo said.
In addition to
monitoring the obvious targets
-- Facebook, Twitter and MySpace -- the agencies have recently focused on YouTube, Blogger, Digg, Craigslist and Wikipedia. Flickr, MiGente, BlackPlanet, NPR, and DailyKos are online sites that have been monitored in the past.
The EFF obtained its information through a freedom of information request.
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RE: Shouldn't that be a picture of Obama?
10/18/2010 2:01:07 PM
Jason's right--they are both guilty of trying to rape us of our basic rights and freedoms.
People have forgotten that our civil liberties, those guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights, are among the most fundamental things that are of utmost importance to us. They saw this as a fact over 200 years ago, why can't people see it anymore? :(
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