FBI to Mine Social Media, Raises Privacy Concerns

January 27, 2012
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The FBI plans to mine social media postings for potential terrorist activity, raising privacy concerns as law enforcement seeks ways to combat security threats.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking contractors to create an early warning system for possible domestic and global threats based on intelligence gathered from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, the photo sharing site Flickr, and YouTube.

The app will allow the law enforcement agency to search and scrape social networks for postings that signal potential local or national security threats. It will also superimpose the suspected activity on a map to plot global and domestic threats by geographic location as well as by priority level.

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