Homeland Security eyeing Twitter, Facebook for intelligence

On November 1, 2011 by stratagem

While Homeland Security says it’s not actively monitoring any social media  networks, an official suggested the agency it trying to figure out how it can get more intelligence from Twitter, Facebook and other sites without being intrusive.

According to an Associated Press report, Caryn Wagner, an undersecretary for the agency, says Homeland Security is developing guidelines to be able to “capture” more intelligence for law enforcement purposes following the overthrows of several governments in the Middle East and North Africa, and the role social media played in the uprisings.

Wagner said the guidelines, however, are being developed under strict laws meant to prevent spying on U.S. citizens and protect privacy.

“We’re still trying to figure out how you use things like Twitter as a source,” Wagner told the AP

>> Source: AJC

 

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