Posts Tagged ‘freedom of information act’

Feds sued for use of social networking

December 3, 2009

How does the government collect, analyze and utilize data from social networking websites?  Is the government restrained by any privacy considerations in how it uses social networking for surveillance purposes?

These are the questions a new Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Samuelson Clinic against six federal agencies wants answered.

This article cites public sources about how the federal government mentions its use of social networking for surveillance.  The article cites a situation where Secret Service had “immediately” spotted the opening of social networking profile by a wanted criminal.  How did they do this?  Using automated software like the kind I described in this post?