Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.
Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.
The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.
Originally posted by MRuss
How does this situation play itself out here? Are they reading our posts, figuring out our identities, squirelling us away in a file?
Do these so called "spies" really have memberships here and are they posting on the boards?
Originally posted by UberL33t
Well Obama, and any other administrations or alphabet agencies that may follow your administration, since you're going to be monitoring what we post and there is a chance you may monitor this one, do you think perhaps you can finagle the Florida Lottery so that I win big?
I promise if you do I most surely will have WAYYYY less time to visit ATS thus I will be significantly less likely to post something that may or may not be detrimental to your current or future agendas.
At least toss the idea around...
It's unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months.
Originally posted by LongbottomLeaf
Obama and his thugs can kiss my lily white ass, hows that for dissent?