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FBI says social media monitoring won't infringe privacy rights

Jaikumar Vijayan | Feb. 15, 2012
The FBI said its proposed plans to monitor social media sites to improve real-time situation awareness will be fully vetted by the agency's Privacy and Civil Liberties Unit.

The federal government already uses publicly available open source information to identify immediate or emerging threats to national security. "The type of social media application being researched by the FBI, to view publicly available information, is no different than applications used by other government agencies."


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