Tuesday, 3 October 2017

U.S. government monitoring of social media

Yes, the U.S. government is monitoring you on social media if you live in or travel to the USA.

Here are some of my answers to frequently asked questions and other recent articles and interviews about this:

I was also interviewed about this for the public radio show The World (BBC/PRI/WGBH). I’ll add a link when the segment is broadcast.

Update: The new DHS plan to gather social media information has privacy advocates up in arms (by Shirin Jafaari, PRI’s The World, 12 October 2017):

According to Edward Hasbrouck, DHS has been collecting social media data since the Obama administration — for at least five years. Hasbrouck works for The Identity Project, a civil liberties and human rights project focused on travel-related issues and freedom of movement.

He explains that under the Privacy Act of 1974, DHS should have gotten approval from the Office of Management and Budget before it started tracking social media information.

“This has been going on for at least five years without their complying with even those minimal notices that are supposed to give the public awareness of what’s going on,” he says. So now, he adds, the DHS has published this notice in order to legitimize what it has been doing….

Meanwhile, advocates like Hasbrouck also worry about the sheer amount of the data that gets collected and how it gets processed. “There’s no way they have enough warm bodies to read this stuff,” he says. “It’s only going to be grist for the mill of robotic profiling.”

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Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 10:28 (10:28 AM)

"Civil liberties and human rights groups denounce illegal DHS social media monitoring" (The Identity Project, 18 October 2017):


Posted by: Edward Hasbrouck, 18 October 2017, 16:53 ( 4:53 PM)
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