posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 02:01 PM
Multinational defense contractor Raytheon has built a system that mines social networks to track user movements and predict future behavior,
according to a report Monday by The Guardian.
The technology has not been sold to anyone, but it was “shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort,
in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing ‘trillions of entities’ from cyberspace,” said the report.
Called Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology, the program uses the location data contained in photographs posted to social networks, as well
as public data sifted from Facebook and FourSquare.
The technology is able to give its users a glimpse into the life of a person and their friends by displaying information in a spider diagram to aid
the user visualize associations and relationships.
“The sophisticated technology demonstrates how the same social networks that helped propel the Arab Spring revolutions can be transformed into a
‘Google for spies’and tapped as a means of monitoring and control,” wrote The Guardian.
I know internet privacy has been a big issue for most people. Be it ad companies targeting you with specific ads, or federal agencies recording and
viewing your person data.
But, Raytheon has been using a minority report style data collection system called RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology)since 2010. Basically,
they can data mine user photos by using the information provided through the EXIF file format of an image.
This allows them to keep a detailed log of all of your activities just by data mining photos and social networks, because the EXIF can pretty much
tell the user the location of the image. Now, I've heard of instances of people spoofing the EXIF and it gives a false location, but most people
aren't technologically savvy enough to do this. So I believe they can expand this project further by linking up with federal agencies, and other
major social media to create the greatest information hub kept on US citizens. So far Raytheon claims they haven't sold this technology to anybody,
but they have been collaborating with the US government since 2010.
Things will only get worse in my opinion, I feel like people don't really care anymore, they willingly post their information for all the world to
see, and they can carelessly expose other people's data also by tagging people in photos, and sharing personal information over social media, so ATS,
how do we combat a "pre-crime" system, and restore our privacy rights?