No Surprise: Big Brother Monitoring Social Network Sites
October 17, 2010 10:48 PM
comment(s) - last by
(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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Some people need to be monitored
10/18/2010 5:33:29 PM
I don't disagree with this as long the information they are collecting is a) not being sold or b) used for purposes other than national defense.
If you're whining about it chances are you've got something to hide you don't want others to know about.
RE: Some people need to be monitored
10/20/2010 10:54:19 AM
Your a moron....plain and simply your reasoning is so flawed it's not even funny.
RE: Some people need to be monitored
10/20/2010 8:38:04 PM
A lot of people say that we shouldn't worry about privacy unless we have something to hide. If the government were completely clean and benign, you'd be right. Unfortunately, the government (regardless of where you are) is hopelessly corrupt.
Lets say, for example, that the government has gone completely rogue and is detaining people for being white/rich/conservative/Christian/capitalist/enviro nmentally unfriendly. Take your pick. All are viable targets for the progressive movement. And you are organizing a resistance via the internet. You are protecting the constitution, but you will lose the fight because you gave up your privacy because you had nothing to hide.
ALWAYS think about the worst case scenario when the government is involved. I promise you they'll take it there eventually.
On a less paranoid note, members of Congress, their families and staff have been engaging in what would normally be considered insider trading. Do you really want them to start pulling info from corporations to become richer and more powerful? It all starts somewhere.
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
FBI Gets Busted Spying on Arab-American Student With Tracking Device
October 8, 2010, 11:50 AM
Report: Obama Administration to Spy on Citizens Online to Fight "Terror"
September 27, 2010, 2:10 PM
Ninth Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Warrantless GPS Tracking
August 26, 2010, 4:23 PM
Latest By Tracie McDaniel
Internet Privacy Bill Pushed By Senators Kerry, McCain
April 13, 2011, 2:54 PM
GameStop Looks to Develop Its Own Tablet for Gaming
April 8, 2011, 9:49 AM
Google to Spend $100M on Original YouTube Content
April 7, 2011, 12:00 PM
Game Developed by 14-Year Old Tops Free Apps on iOS App Store
January 18, 2011, 8:13 AM
World's Largest Remote Claw Machine Revealed, Playable Over Internet
January 11, 2011, 6:50 PM
English Speaking Robots Become South Korea's Newest Teachers
December 29, 2010, 1:12 PM
Sears, Sonic Solutions to Compete With Netflix
December 28, 2010, 2:47 PM
India's Christmas Day Rocket Launch Marred By Explosion
December 27, 2010, 3:29 PM
Male And Female Chimps Play Differently
December 22, 2010, 7:42 AM
NASA Creates Unprecedented Map of the Moon
December 20, 2010, 3:27 PM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
CNN Resorts to Internet Censorship to Promote Clinton Over Senator Sanders
October 15, 2015, 2:47 PM
Breaking Bad: How to Crash Google's Chrome Browser With Just 8 Characters
September 23, 2015, 11:08 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Mozilla and Facebook to Adobe: It's Time to Kill Flash
July 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information