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Last week, as I was putting together a story about US government plans to monitor social networks, I came across some strange language in a proposal by the Department of State.
The part that jumped out at me was a clause buried in the supporting information. It stated that developers should make "a reasonable effort to exclude Americans from any and all analyses".
....on 14 June, they withdrew the solicitation. They won't explain why...
I don't know for sure what happened, but here's my guess: the Department of State isn't 100 per cent sure whether it can legally collect information on US citizens. Such activities are governed in part by the Privacy Act, which states that federal agencies cannot maintain records relating to rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. In other words: citizens have the right to complain about governments and religion and many other things, and the department should not record them doing so.
Originally posted by seeker1963
reply to post by Maxmars
They might be saying that, but do you really believe for a second that they will stop spying on us? Look at the facility they are building in Utah......
I really don't know what else to say other than our government is out of control and for anyone to be afraid of the "terrorist boogieman" over the actual terrorist organization sitting in DC is beyond me.....
Originally posted by METACOMET
The state department may have hit a legal roadblock but that really means nothing.
The NSA and DHS do spy on Americans, it's what they are chartered to do.edit on 21-6-2012 by METACOMET because: (no reason given)
Governments are increasingly finding that monitoring social media is an essential
component in keeping track of erupting political movements, crises, epidemics,
and disasters, not to mention general global trends.
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